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After all the months and troops and anticipation and charts and testimony, the bottom line of this big week on Iraq may come down to this: a giant handoff of the war by the sitting president who started it to whoever his successor may be.

In his testimony this week, General Petraeus said "progress." Ambassador Crocker said "not easy." And speaking to the nation last night George W. Bush said the surge will come and go but the war will, in his words, "extend beyond my presidency." It was almost "goodbye and good luck."

This hour, On Point: The Washington Post's Tom Ricks, presidential advisor David Gergen, our own Jack Beatty, and you on the news of the week: Iraq.Guests:

Thomas Ricks, Washington Post military correspondent and author of "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq".

David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and advisor to four U.S. presidents.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on September 14, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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