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With less violence in Iraq, President Bush is pulling out some Marines but leaving in place almost 140,000 troops. The Secretary of Defense says we are at the endgame in Iraq, but the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says we might not be winning in Afghanistan. Will the next president be offered a new set of military options for Iraq and Afghanistan?  How will General Petraeus’ priorities change when he takes over Centcomm with responsibility for the entire region? Also, Lehman Brothers reports record losses, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has disappeared from public view. Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosts.


Banner image: US Army photo by Spc. Charles Gill

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Making News Lehman Brothers Reports Record Losses 5 MIN, 29 SEC

The latest Wall Street crisis centers on 157 year-old investment bank Lehman Brothers, now fighting for its survival in the face of its collapsing stock price. Francesco Guerrera is business editor of the Financial Times.

Guests:
Francesco Guerrera, Business Editor, Financial Times

Main Topic Iraq Troop Surge Ends 36 MIN, 23 SEC

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says we are at the endgame in Iraq, but the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says we might not be winning in Afghanistan. As General David Petraeus completes his tour of duty in Iraq, has the war reached a turning point? Has the surge worked? Will Afghanistan once again become the top priority in the Bush Administration's war on terror? Will the next president be offered a new set of military options for Iraq and Afghanistan? How will Petraeus' priorities change when he leaves Iraq and takes over Centcom with responsibility for the entire region?

Guests:
Shawn Brimley, Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Linda Robinson, RAND
Douglas MacGregor, Advisor to the Starus Military Reform Project, Center for Defense Information
Nazar Janabi, former official, Iraqi Ministry of Defense

Reporter's Notebook The Curious Case of Kim Jong-Il's Illness 6 MIN, 37 SEC

meltdown.jpgOn Tuesday, Kim Jong Il did not attend a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of North Korea amid reports that the country's leader may be seriously ill. American intelligence officials in Washington said that he had probably suffered a stroke several weeks ago and was under the care of doctors in the capital city of Pyongyang. Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, is the author of Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.

Guests:
Mike Chinoy, USC US-China Institute (@mikechinoy)

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