Obama’s Iraq Guides

Karen Tumulty profiles the two senators accompanying Barack Obama to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both Chuck Hagel and Jack Reed are veterans.

Few know better than Jack Reed how to get beyond the customary Green Zone briefings that visiting VIPs typically get in Iraq. The Rhode Island Senator, a West Point grad and former Army Ranger who now is one of the senior Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been to Iraq 11 times, typically traveling without an entourage into battle zones, where he can talk more frankly to the grunts and mid-level officers.

Good. I hope he takes Obama there.