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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Petraeus

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, talks about his new book, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, and the president’s choices for his second-term national security team.

→ EVENT: Fred Kaplan will be reading from The Insurgents at the UWS Barnes & Noble on Jan. 15 at 7PM.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of Things

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Fred Kaplan of Slate talks about his new book on David Petraeus and continues the discussion on President Obama's picks for his next national security team, including Chuck Hagel. Plus: Analysis of Governor Christie's State of the State address; reaction to yesterday's federal ruling that limits NYPD stop-and-frisk procedures; and background on Tibet's recent increase in self-immolation protests.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Benghazi and Petraeus: What We Know Now

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spencer Ackerman, writer for Wired magazine's national security blog, Danger Room, reviews what we know and don't know about the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi and the scandal involving former CIA director Petraeus.

 

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On The Media

Will the Petraeus Scandal Be Good for Privacy?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Privacy is among the many issues raised by the Petraeus affair. We don’t know exactly what the FBI did, or what sort of legal barriers they had to surmount to get access. Reporter Peter Maass wrote that an unexpected consequence of Petreaus’s fall is that we all might learn a little more about how the FBI operates. Brooke spoke with Maass about an unlikely connection between the Petraeus scandal and former Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork. 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Steve Coll, Jane Mayer, and Patrick Keefe on the Petraeus scandal and Israel's new conflict with Gaza.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Steve Coll, Jane Mayer, and Patrick Keefe on the Petraeus scandal and Israel's new conflict with Gaza.

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The Takeaway

Military Marriages: Does a Higher Set of Standards Apply?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

As General David Petreaus’s marital infidelity comes to light and his storied career comes to an end, questions have arisen about his marriage, his life in the military, and whether members of the military are — or should be — held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

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The Takeaway

Should the US Stay in Afghanistan?

Friday, August 13, 2010

This Sunday, General David Petraeus will go on a media offensive in which he is expected to make the case for why we should not rush the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

However, this comes at a time when public support for the war is rapidly dwindling. Many Americans have fixed their expectations on what the president pledged in December 2009 when he ordered more troops to Afghanistan: “These additional American and international troops will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.”

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The Takeaway

Problems Await Petraeus as He Heads to Afghanistan

Thursday, July 01, 2010

General David Petraeus was confirmed by the Senate yesterday as General Stanley McChrystal's replacement as top commander for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. A demoralized army, an inept Afghan government seen as hopelessly corrupt, increasingly skeptical international partners, a disinterested American public, a report that American taxpayer money has inadvertently been funneled to Afghan warlords, and a new torrent of violence resulting in 100 military casualities over that last month are among the panoply of challenges Petraeus faces when he touches down in Afghanistan.

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WQXR News

Petreaus is Confirmed; Afghan War Ramps Up

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

General Petraeus is unanimously confirmed today as commander of the war in Afghanistan where violence continues to escalate.

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WQXR News

Senate Hearings Continue for Kagan

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's the third day of Congressional hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

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WQXR News

Confirmation Hearings Begin for Petraeus

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

General David Petraeus will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the first day of confirmation hearings which most believe will end with Petraeus taking over as commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

Obama Fires McChrystal: A Truman-MacArthur Dismissal or a Lincoln-Hooker Moment?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal's fate was sealed with the publication of a bombshell Rolling Stone magazine profile on Tuesday. In less than forty-eight hours after the article surfaced on the internet, the U.S.'s top commander in the Afghanistan war found himself summoned to Washington, D.C. to hand his resignation to President Obama.

In a press conference announcing his decision to accept McChrystal's resignation, President Obama emphasized that "this is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy." Centcom commander General David Petraeus will take over for McChrystal. Though Petraeus is a familiar face with an arguably proven track record, some observers are dubious of the president's claim that U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is staying the same.

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The Takeaway

Can Gen. Petraeus Turn Things Around in Afghanistan?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Less than 48 hours after Rolling Stone’s profile of General Stanley McChrystal went viral on the Internet, President Obama relieved the four-star general of his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus will now take over the post, leaving behind an opening at the Central Command in Iraq. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, was in the Rose Garden yesterday for Obama’s announcement. He explains the political implications of the president's decision and the response it is getting in Washington. Even though the president tried to drive home the point that strategy was not going to change, this personnel upset has reopened the strategy debate in Washington.

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The Takeaway

McChrystal Out, Afghanistan Policy Unchanged. But is it Working?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

President Obama on Tuesday relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his duties in Afghanistan, less than 48 hours after it was revealed that McChrystal and his aides made disparaging remarks about high-ranking members of the Obama administration to a freelance journalist from Rolling Stone. McChrystal will be replaced by Gen. David Petraeus. We want to know what you think. Should Gen. Stanley McChrystal have kept his job?

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The Face of the Surge

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Steve Coll discusses General David Petraeus's duties in Iraq and his role in information operations.

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