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Ricks of 'Wash Post': U.S. May Still Be at War in Iraq 15 Years from Now

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Ricks of 'Wash Post': U.S. May Still Be at War in Iraq 15 Years from Now

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Even in a time of growing pessimism over the prospects of disengaging from Iraq -- and on a day when the U.S. Senate turned back another serious effort to do that - the comments from Thomas Ricks, military reporter at The Washington Post, on Tavis Smiley's PBS interview show last night were startling.

Ricks, author of the acclaimed book about the war called "Fiasco," has long offered a frank and balanced perspective on the course of the war. He did so again in the Smiley interview, suggesting that in some ways Gen. Davis Petraeus's recent report on the "surge" left much to be desired. Then, in closing, he remarked that President Bush's current strategy was simply to make sure there are at least 100,000 troops left in Iraq when he leaves office in January 2009.

Further, Ricks said he wouldn't be surprised if "we have troops still fighting in Iraq" when the next president's term ends.

Smiley, perhaps not believing his ears, asked if he meant the next president's first term or possibly his second? Ricks said it could be the latter.

Then Ricks added that when he was writing "Fiasco" he recalls watching kids in kindergarten going off to school and the thought occurred to him that one day one of them might very well be fighting in Iraq when they grow up. …

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