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Congress has approved another record Pentagon spending bill.  Is it designed to fight the wars of the future or those of the past? Why can't the world's most advanced fighting force defeat the Iraqi insurgents? Are hearts and minds more important than high-tech weapons? Plus, Congressman Mark Foley's relations with teenage pages: the political fallout of another Congressional scandal.  

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Andrea Brody

Main Topic The Changing Nature of Modern Warfare 34 MIN, 21 SEC

The most advanced army in history swept Saddam Hussein out of power, but it has not put down the Iraqi insurgents or quelled sectarian violence. Congress has passed another record Pentagon spending bill, but critics say it's designed to fight the wars of the past, not those of the future. The US is hunkering down for the long term to fight the war against terror. Despite years of promises, the country has not been rebuilt. The newly elected government has not restored order.  Sectarian violence looks like civil war, and the death toll is staggering.  But recent reports indicate that Iraqis blame the American occupation. Will overwhelming use of military power create more enemies than it helps to defeat? Are hearts and minds more important than high-tech weapons?

Guests:
Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations (@MaxBoot)
Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information

Making News E-Mails Show Foley Sought Rendezvous with Page 5 MIN, 48 SEC

Former Congressman Mark Foley is being investigated by the FBI because of sexually explicit messages sent to underage boys. Today, Foley blamed his problems on "alcoholism and other behavioral problems." Foley resigned from Congress Friday, just hours after he was questioned about the messages by ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross.

Guests:
Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner (@susanferrechio)

Reporter's Notebook Political Fallout of the Mark Foley Scandal 7 MIN, 58 SEC

Florida's Republican Congressman resigned on Friday after reports that he sent sexually charged e-mail to teenage boys who were Congressional pages. One former page says he was warned about Mark Foley five years ago, and colleagues in the GOP leadership were told about possible problems a year ago. The former chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and a champion of anti-pornography legislation is being investigated by the State of Florida and the FBI.

Guests:
Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News

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