‘Fiasco’ author: Iraq surge ‘failed politically’

By David Edwards
Sunday, February 8, 2009 12:26 EDT
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Thomas Ricks thinks that the Iraq war is far from over. “This year we’re in now, ’09, is going to be, I think, a surprisingly tough year,” Ricks told NBC’s David Gregory.

Ricks believes that the Bush administration surge strategy kicked the can down the road. “Basically the surge succeeded militarily, failed politically,” he said. General Odierno, the U.S. commander in Iraq, sees negative effects of the surge. “What he says is that Iraqis, many of them, used the breathing space we created to step backwards to become more sectarian, become more divided,” explained Ricks.

Thomas Ricks is author of the new book, “The Gamble.”

This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast Feb 8, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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