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In what's billed as a great year for Democrats, their candidate for president has a big problem.  Less than half of Americans think Barack Obama would be a good commander in chief. Almost three-fourths say that about John McCain. We look at McCain's record in the military and in the US Senate. Also, Barack Obama in Jordan, and Radovan Karadzic, who openly practiced alternative medicine during 13 years on the run, has been arrested on charges of genocide.

 

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Dan Konecky
Frances Anderton

Making News Out of Babylon, Obama Gives Press Conference in Amman 5 MIN, 33 SEC

In Amman, Jordan, today Barack Obama held a news conference to talk about his trip abroad, designed to shore up his credentials as commander in chief. Once again, he set out his vision, talked about national security and encouraged an achievable phased withdrawal from Iraq, one that is consistent with what the Iraqis want.  Anne Kornblut is covering the presidential campaign for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Anne Kornblut, White House Correspondent, Washington Post

Reporter's Notebook Radovan Karadzic Arrested after Thirteen Years on the Run 7 MIN, 42 SEC

He's a psychiatrist charged with masterminding the Europe's worst massacre since World War II, the execution of 8000 Muslims in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995. Thirteen years ago, Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic was indicted for genocide at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. Last night he was finally arrested near Belgrade, reportedly while changing locations, disguised by a bushy white beard and glasses. Dusan Stojanovic is chief correspondent for the Associated Press in Belgrade.

Guests:
Dusan Stojanovic, Belgrade Correspondent, Associated Press

Main Topic John McCain as Commander in Chief 35 MIN, 24 SEC

Barack Obama is on a foreign tour trying to demonstrate he's ready to be the US Commander in Chief. Only 48 percent of all Americans think he's qualified for that role, while 72 percent say that about John McCain. We take a look at McCain's record in the military and US Senate. Did his experience during the Vietnam War shape his view of the world for better or worse?  Would his instincts as a "maverick" politician help him to keep the nation secure, or should consistency be the measure of leadership?

Guests:
Michael Hirsh, National Journal (@michaelphirsh)
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations (@MaxBoot)
Rand Beers, Informal advisor to Barack Obama
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@kirkpatricknyt)

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