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President Bush today gave General David Petraeus the pause in troop reductions he asked for.  When the surge ends in July, American forces will remain 140,000 strong. We get the reactions of soldiers and families.  Also, how does Bush measure up to his White House mentor?


White House photo: Eric Draper

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Bush Speech Caps Week of Iraq Testimony 39 MIN, 54 SEC

President Bush today accepted the recommendations of General David Petraeus. The draw-down of troops from Iraq will stop when the "surge" ends in July. Democratic leaders of Congress said, "He's just dragging this out, leaving a failed war and a failed economy on the doorstep of the next president." Because of strains on the troops, Mr. Bush also reduced tours of duty from 15 months to 12, but that won't start until August. We talk with soldiers about the state of morale after six years of war.  What do multiple tours on the front lines mean for their families? What about recruitment, retention and readiness to meet future contingencies?  

Guests:
Mark Silva, White House Correspondent, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune
Carissa Picard, President, Military Spouses for Change
Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News (@saddamscribe)
Pete Hegseth, Executive Director, Vets for Freedom
Brandon Friedman, Editor, VetVoice.com

The War I Always Wanted

Brandon Friedman

Reporter's Notebook Bush's Quest for a Presidential Legacy 9 MIN, 33 SEC

reagans_disciple.jpgGeorge W. Bush's father was president before him, but the current White House incumbent has said, "I think if I had to have a mentor… it would have been Ronald Reagan." Now another father-son team has written a book about how well Bush lives up to the Reagan legacy. Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy is a new book that compares Bush's presidency to that his mentor. Carl Cannon has covered the Bush White House for several publications. His co-author and father is Lou Cannon, who covered Ronald Reagan for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Lou Cannon, Editorial Advisor, State Net Capitol Journal

Reagan's Disciple

Lou Cannon and Carl Cannon

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