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In Iraq, there's been no let-up in sectarian violence in Baghdad.  Today, there were bombings and shootouts in relatively peaceful cities in northern and southern Iraq. Is it time to divide the country along sectarian lines?  Also, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh on whether Washington saw the war in Lebanon as a test for attacking Iran. Plus, how President Bush and Iran's Ahmadinejad see Hezbollah's stand against Israel, and how the Democrats hope to use national security in November's election.

Making News Ahmadinejad Says Hezbollah Victorious, Bush Calls It Defeat 6 MIN

There have been skirmishes today in southern Lebanon but neither Hezbollah nor Israel has escalated the fighting, and Israel has begun slowly withdrawing its troops. Meantime, the Presidents of Iran and Syria say the balance of power has changed in the Middle East.  Robin Wright is diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace / Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)

Main Topic Is It Time to Consider Dividing Iraq? 38 MIN

The ceasefire is still holding in southern Lebanon and Israel is beginning to withdraw its troops. In Iraq, meantime, bloody sectarian violence is claiming 1,000 lives a month around Baghdad and becoming a growing challenge to the training of Iraqi police who might restore order. As US troops are being moved into Baghdad, there's increasing risk of losing control in other cities, where relative peace has been won at high cost. Is it time to consider dividing the country? Should the US continue to grit its teeth, absorb casualties and "stay the course," despite declining support in an election year? Plus, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh on whether Washington sees the war in Lebanon as a test for attacking Iran.

Guests:
Solomon Moore, Criminal Justice Reporter, New York Times
Peter Galbraith, gubernatorial candidate and former diplomat (@GalbraithforVT)
Judith Yaphe, Middle East Project Director, National Defense University
Seymour Hersh, Staff Writer, New Yorker

Reporter's Notebook Democrats Try to Out-Maneuver Republicans on Security 10 MIN

In 2002 and 2004, President Bush and other Republicans successfully portrayed the Democrats as weak on national security. Although the GOP still believes it can win elections by labeling Democrats as "cut-and-run" wimps who would embolden terrorists, times have changed. The latest polls show the Republicans--and former Democrat Joe Lieberman--are not the centrists any more. That's from political writer and blogger Dick Polman.

Guests:
Dick Polman, Political Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer

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