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The Bush White House reportedly is at odds with the Pentagon over a "surge" of more troops to fight in Iraq. We hear arguments for and against and look at the politics of an unpopular war in the US and in Iraq itself.   Plus, the latest on the International Space Station and, just in time for the holidays, a dispute over extended warranties.

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Main Topic To 'Surge' or Not to 'Surge' in Iraq 36 MIN, 23 SEC

Today's Washington Post is the latest news outlet to report disagreement between the Pentagon and the White House.  The paper says the White House wants 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a last-ditch "surge" to rescue Iraq from total chaos.  It says the Joint Chiefs of Staff are unanimously opposed, despite Army leaders warning that their active forces are already at the breaking point  All this as the new Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, plans a trip to Iraq and President Bush says he'll announce a new strategy early next year. We debate military realities in the short term and the foreseeable future.

Guests:
Fred Kagan, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information
Laith Kubba, Spokesman, former Iraqi Prime Minister al-Jaafari
Kevin Ryan, Senior Fellow, Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John Mercurio, Senior Editor, The Hotline

Making News Jammed Solar Panel on the International Space Station Corrected 5 MIN, 35 SEC

At about 2 o'cclock this afternoon Eastern time, the shuttle Discovery was scheduled to undock from the International Space Station, with a return to Earth scheduled for Friday.

Guests:
Traci Watson, Reporter for USA Today

Reporter's Notebook Consumer Reports Campaigns against Extended Warranties 6 MIN, 47 SEC

The North American Retail Dealers Association says it's getting a bad rap from nonprofit Consumer Reports magazine over the value of extended warranties. The magazine is campaigning with a full-page ad in USA Today and e-mails to almost a million subscribers. The North American Retail Dealers Association says the campaign is "unbalanced," because, "a simple fact of life is that everything eventually breaks."

Guests:
Amanda Walker, Senior Editor at Consumer Reports

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