Interesting and informative liveblogging of the Petreaus and Crocker testimony at Democracy Arsenal. A deceptively simple but incisive point:
Petraeus and Crocker have no problems projecting out the potential implications of leaving Iraq – but they refuse to make projections of what staying will look like.
The NY Times is keeping a more straightforward account at The Lede, though it is not without an appreciation for understatement:
Changing the subject, Mr. Levin asked him about the Iraqi government’s Basra operation. At that point, he received a firm if diplomatic answer. The operation, Mr. Petraeus conceded, was “not adequately planned and prepared.”