Although Congressional Democrats failed to prevent President Bush's military surge in Iraq
last year, they won a concession. They funded the increased
deployments, but demanded that the administration report on the success
of its operations by September 15. With that day of reckoning almost
here, the political battle lines have been drawn. Many Democrats, and a
growing number of Republicans, are demanding a withdrawal. The military
is stretched to the breaking point, but terrorism remains a threat and
the President says the surge needs more time. When General David
Petreaus makes his report next week, Bush will face one of his toughest
decisions since he launched the war: does the US stay or go? Can Bush
continue to fight and still bring some troops home? Guest host Jim Sterngold explores the chaos of Iraq that's taking center stage in the chaotic political arena in Washington.
This is a re-broadcast of today's To the Point. For the full version that aired on TTP, please click here.
Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
Larry Kaplow, Baghdad Correspondent for Newsweek