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"Why can two people side by side experience the same traumatic event and one learns to deal with it and moves on, absorbs it and moves on, and the other can be hobbled by it for the rest of his life. No one knows the answer." - David Finkel talking about his new book on today’s To the Point.

Great "To the Point" today with war correspondents about the challenges and risks of reporting in Syria. Conversation starts at about 8 minutes in. 

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Warren Olney talks to Abdul-Razzaq Al-Saiedi, an Iraqi who left the country in 2007 after helping the New York Times cover the war. He visited his homeland as recently as 18 months ago. Asked whether his family and friends in Iraq blame the U.S. for the state of the country, he says it’s complicated.

Iraq war veteran Marcos Soltero remembers what it was like to land in Iraq during the war.

In 2003, Saddam Hussein was said to have “weapons of mass destruction.” There were hints he was tied to September 11th.

Eighty percent of Americans supported the US invasion. Ten years later, 58 percent say it was not worth years of unexpected combat, more than $2 trillion— and the deaths of 4500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis.  

How are you reflecting on the war in Iraq?

On today’s “To the Point.”

America’s longest war is winding down, but it’s not over yet, and there are as many unresolved issues as there are parties involved. The White House and the Pentagon haven’t agreed on the pace of troop withdrawal or how many US soldiers should stay after 2014. Talks with the Karzai regime and the Taliban raise more questions than answers about security and corruption. Will a wildly inflated economy collapse when foreign troops and contractors are gone? Will democracy, free expression and human rights have a future?