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Don't repeat Iraq mistakes with China, former U.S. officials say

David Petraeus and Meghan O'Sullivan reflect on lessons, 20 years later

Former U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus and former deputy national security adviser Meghan O'Sullivan spoke to Nikkei Asia on the sidelines of the Trilateral Commission in New Delhi. (Photos by Patrick Ishiyama)  

NEW DELHI -- David Petraeus, the former U.S. general credited for stabilizing Iraq after the initial chaos of the 2003 war, saw firsthand the importance of careful planning and a whole-of-government approach to such an enormous undertaking.

He worries about parallels between the drumbeat of war in the Middle East 20 years ago and the rapid escalation of tensions with China today.

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