A Petraeus alternative?

A Pentagon working group is reportedly considering a much more dramatic withdrawal from Iraq.

By Tim Grieve
Published September 11, 2007 10:44PM (UTC)
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Gen. David Petraeus told members of the House of Representatives Monday that Adm. William Fallon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff agree with his plan for going forward in Iraq. Maybe that's true, but Newsweek's Michael Hirsh says the military unanimity isn't quite all that. Hirsh says a Pentagon working group is preparing a separate report that will recommend a very different path than the dial-it-back-to-2006 approach Petraeus is advocating, recommending instead that as many as two-thirds of the U.S. troops now in Iraq return home "very quickly."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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