President Bush has declassified about 3 pages of a 30-page National Intelligence Estimate saying the Iraq war is a “cause celebre” that has has helped produce a new generation of Islamic radicals and increased the threat of terrorism. It also says that if the jihadists appear to have lost in Iraq, fewer will be inspired to keep fighting. The President says selected portions of the NIE were leaked to reporters for political reasons. We hear how Democrats and Republicans are interpreting the report less than six weeks before the November elections. Different parties drew different conclusions about how to proceed in Iraq. Is President Bush right that the US is winning?” Is it time to pull out? Are there any good options left?
Mark Mazzetti, New York Times (@MarkMazzettiNYT)
Joe Wilson, Republican Congressman from South Carolina
Jane Harman, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund (@Cirincione)
Justine A. Rosenthal, Director of the Council on Global Terrorism