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Last year, American soldiers were part of a -training exercise- in the Philippines, allowed to fire only in self-defense against the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. Last Thursday, the Pentagon announced plans to send 3000 troops to the Philippines to engage in combat. The move has caused political turmoil in that country because its constitution prohibits foreign soldiers from combat on Philippine soil. Today, the Christian Science Monitor reports that Iraq has tried to recruit terrorist groups around the world to attack American installations, among them Abu Sayyaf. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times take opposing views over the role of US combat troops in the Philippines. We discuss the controversy over the latest front in the war on terror with journalists in the US and the Philippines, a former Army veteran who helped strengthen forces in Southeast Asia, and a professor of Southeast Asian history.
  • Making News: Massive Money and Troops Proposed for Possible War
    The Bush administration is beginning to talk specifics about the potential cost of war in Iraq. Army Chief-of-Staff General Eric Shinseki surprised Congress by saying it could take several hundred thousand American soldiers to provide security and relief when the combat is over. As he reported in today-s Wall Street Journal, Greg Jaffe says that the President may ask up to $95 billion.
  • Reporters Notebook: Is War Just Another Reality TV Show?
    ABC-s Profiles from the Frontline is a six-part series about American soldiers in Afghanistan. The Pentagon granted -full cooperation- and access to producers and their cameras, not for news, but for reality TV. What-s the difference? How is a viewer to know? The Los Angeles Times- Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic, Howard Rosenberg, says Profiles blurs the lines between news and show biz.

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