General David Petraeus received a more skeptical reception from Republican Senators than had been expected, but that still won’t change the basic math that has sustained the Iraq war for more than four years.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, President Bush is set to embrace his general’s long-awaited report, which calls for a Read More
Gen. David Petraeus didn’t stand a chance. The top U.S. military commander in Iraq tried to present a nuanced picture to Congress this week. So did his diplomatic counterpart, Ambassador Ryan Crocker. But the political world, in Washington and beyond, has lost the ability to see shades of gray. Its divisions become deeper and more Read More
Following two days of carefully staged theatrics on Capitol Hill and cable television, the essential facts about Iraq remain unchanged. Despite the big charts and the blustering fanfare highlighted by Fox News, neither Gen. David H. Petraeus nor Ambassador Ryan Crocker could convincingly claim that the American military escalation in Iraq is achieving its stated Read More