The President's plan for the increasingly troubled region is ambitious, although his goals are more limited than Bush's.
From crawling on the carpet with Ronald Reagan to sipping tea with the Che Guevara of Afghanistan, former staffers recount stories as the Monitor transitions to new formats.
Locals trained by an NGO gather to scrutinize officials' books.
The Haqqani network has agreed to discuss a peace proposal with government-backed mediators.
Don’t ask, don’t tell? Pets are forbidden – but the rules are often overlooked in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Frustration and fear is sparking opposition to plans that would nearly double the size of US forces there.
Moving the presidential vote up to spring from August could undercut opponents, who still have to plan their campaigns.