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The Gamble

Part 2

Petraeus's Challenge

However daunting his military mission, Gen. David H. Petraeus faced no less arduous a political challenge.

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Author Thomas E. Ricks and Steven Biddle, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, on the Iraq war and President Obama's prospects for ending it.
Part 1: Odierno's Surge
The Gamble (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP)
The Dissenter Who Changed the War
As the No. 2 commander in Iraq, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno challenged the military establishment, pressing for more troops and a long-term strategy to guide them. Full Story »
Key Documents
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'We Are Losing'
2006 Pentagon study detailing the U.S. failure to recognize the nature of the Iraq war. More Documents »
Key Players
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An Internal Struggle
Top figures in the U.S. military's internal struggle over the course of the Iraq war.
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