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Iraq war is focus of talk by journalist Ricks

Monday, April 13, 2009, 8 p.m. McCosh 10

"Obama's War: Why We Are Stuck in Iraq" is the title of a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas Ricks set for 8 p.m. Monday, April 13, in McCosh 10.

Ricks, a special military correspondent for The Washington Post, will address the unresolved problems that are likely to keep the United States in Iraq for many more years.

Ricks wrote "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq," which was a Pulitzer finalist in 2007. His newest book, "The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008," tells the inside story of the events leading up to the U.S. military surge and the role of Gen. David Petraeus in the current direction of the Iraq war.

Before joining The Washington Post in 2000, Ricks covered the military for The Wall Street Journal for 17 years. He has reported on U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2000, he was a member of The Wall Street Journal team that won a Pulitzer for a series of articles on the role of the military in the 21st century. He also was a member of The Washington Post team that won a 2002 Pulitzer for reporting on the U.S. war against terrorism.

The talk is designated as a Stafford Little Lecture sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.

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