FYI, for those of you in the D.C. area there are two very interesting events scheduled for this upcoming Monday (the 8th) :
USIP: Iraq: Assessing Military & Security Issues
Cliff May, MacArthur Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
Andrew Terrill, President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Joseph P. Englehardt, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)
Paul Hughes, Senior Iraq Program Officer, USIP.
CSIS: The Way Forward in Iraq
CSIS will bring together members of the prestigious House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to discuss their agenda for Iraq in the 110th Congress.
Representative Ike Skelton (D-MO), chair, HASC,
Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA), HASC,
Representative Jim Saxton (R-NJ), HASC
Representative "Mac" Thornberry (R-TX), HASC
follow the links for more info. Unfortunately both are scheduled for the same time. I'm still not sure which one I'm going to.