Petraeus & Crocker Testify on Iraq

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Following yesterday’s Senate hearings on the war in Iraq with General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, the Small Wars Journal has put together a comprehensive set of links covering the event – including transcripts, video, news reports, op-eds and blog reports.

The gist of Petraeus’s argument?

“Withdrawing too many forces too quickly could jeopardize the progress of the past year,” Petraeus testified. In the face of skeptical questioning, he added later: “We have the forces that we need right now, I believe. We’ve got to continue. We have our teeth into the jugular, and we need to keep it there.”
[c.f. Washington Post]

Included here [PDF] are the briefing slides that accompanied Petraeus’s testimony, which comprise a set of maps and charts visualising the progress made since the implementation of the Surge.

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2 Responses to “Petraeus & Crocker Testify on Iraq”

  1. Mike Says:

    There’s a related comment piece by Steve Coll in this week’s New Yorker. He doesn’t exactly suggest that Petraeus could be on the chopping block for being innovative and overstepping Washington’s comfort zone on dissenters – although the general thrust of his note suggests it could be a possibility. I posted a quick blurb on it on my blog.

  2. Mike Says:

    Trying again. Link entered incorrectly.

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