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Exclusive Excerpt of Tom Ricks' Upcoming Book in The Washington Post Today

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The Washington Post today has the second exclusive excerpt from Tom Ricks' upcoming book "The Gamble." Today Ricks looks at Gen. David Petraeus' political strategy as he faced the mission of executing the surge in Iraq, a weary American public, a Democratic Congress bent on ending the war and a chain of command eager to draw down forces.

Here's a link to today's excerpt.

Live Discussion Today (12 pm ET)--Tom Ricks and Steven Biddle (senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations) will be live online to discuss the Iraq War and President Obama's prospects for ending it.

Video -- Capt. Samuel Cook details his unit's efforts to implement an insurgent amnesty program in the Sharqat area of Iraq's Salahuddin Province. "When we started negotiations, there was a lot of discussion about whether or not this was the right approach," Cook said. "This was a very risky strategy that I felt was worth the risk."

Key Players -- Top figures in the U.S. military's internal struggle over the course of the Iraq war.

Key Documents.

Timeline: The Iraq Surge, Before and After

Link to Full Coverage of "The Gamble".



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