Petraeus and the Endgame

This month I am writing the radio scripts for a series on how wars end. In the introductory piece I touch on how what’s happened in Iraq makes us re-think “endings.”  It has also made me focus more on exactly what General David Petraeus has been up to. Two good new reads on that score–Steve Coll in this week’s New Yorker  and Linda Robinson’s book  Tell Me How This Ends. (The title comes from  Petraeus’s oft-quoted rhetorical question to Rick Atkinson early in the war.) Anyway, both good reads for those thinking about the way forward in Iraq. Check out also Katy Clark’s story on the “Awakening Councils” and Lisa Mullins’s interview with NYT military correspondent Michael Gordon from PRI’s The World on Tuesday.

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