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The Obama Administration is escalating the case for going back to Iraq, this time to fight the extremist group ISIL—and not just with bombing. America’s top commander told a Senate committee today that US soldiers might join the battle, despite the President’s promise of no “boots on the ground.” The public may be ready to hear the message. Videos of beheadings by ISIL have generated alarm, and polls show real fear for America’s homeland. We’ll hear conflicting opinions about the threat, the President’s leadership, and whether Congress will get involved before the mid-term elections.

Also, will Scotland vote to go it alone?

Banner Image: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington D.C. Sept. 16, 2014. President Barack H. Obama authorized military strikes in Syria to destroy, degrade, and defeat the terrorist group known as ISIS. Department of Defense Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Claire Martin

Ground Troops Possible Against ISIL, Top General Says 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Just last week, President Obama said once again that his reluctant return to military action in Iraq would not involve American ground forces. Today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Dempsey defended the President’s strategy of seeking partners in the fight against ISIL. Mark Thompson is national security and military correspondent for TIME magazine.

Guests:
Mark Thompson, Time magazine (@MarkThompson_DC)

War Fever: The Temperature Is Rising... 35 MIN, 16 SEC

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today about the threat from ISIL, or ISIS.

Guests:
Daniel Benjamin, Dartmouth College (@dartmouthdickey)
Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal (@hookjan)
Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (@JSchanzer)
Ross Baker, Rutgers University

Lead-up to the Scottish Independence Vote 8 MIN, 14 SEC

Britain’s three political parties don’t agree on much, but they are united in wanting Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that independence would lead to a “painful divorce.” Will Scotland vote to go it alone on Thursday? Kate Devlin is political correspondent for The Herald of Glasgow.

Guests:
Kate Devlin, The Herald (@_katedevlin)

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