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Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. (AP)
Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, testifies on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. (AP)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning military writer Tom Ricks wrote the book that left its name on the U.S. intervention in Iraq. He called it “Fiasco.”

Now Ricks is watching two wars continue to unfold in Iraq and Afghanistan; a drone war and American presence in Pakistan that this week saw three U.S. casualties; and a debate in Washington and beyond over “don’t ask, don’t tell” and gays in the military.

This hour, On Point: a conversation with Tom Ricks on America’s wars, American strategy, and the U.S. military now.Guest:

Thomas Ricks, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, where he writes the blog The Best Defense. He is the author of "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003-2005" and "The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008."

This program aired on February 4, 2010.

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