Most observers felt the report simply bought a little more time for George Bush, the US president, to defend his war policy.
Was General Petraeus' report an independent military analysis or was he merely a mouthpiece of the White House?
Inside Iraq this week looks at these issues from two perspectives - average Americans and a political analyst.
Our guests this week are lawyer Denise Sebagh, graduate business student Matt Miller and political scientist Professor Steven Livingston who is affiliated with George Washington University.
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