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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been publicly disappointed at Iraq's failure to achieve political reconciliation. Today, five more ministers quit, leaving no Sunnis in Prime Minister al-Maliki's cabinet. Is the government on the verge of collapse? We talk with Iraq's Ambassador to the UN, Iraq Study Group member Leon Panetta and others. (An extended version of this program was broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)


Photo: Khalid Mohammed/Pool/Getty Images

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Andrea Brody

Main Topic How United Is Iraq's Unity Government?

Iraq's unity government is facing a political crisis. Last week, six ministers resigned, and today five more declared a "boycott" of meetings. That leaves no active Sunnis in Prime Minister al-Maliki's cabinet. Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq's Ambassador to the UN, concedes that the al-Maliki government is not providing basic services—water, power and sewage, but claims that the Prime Minister's political problems are growing pains much like those of the early United States.

Guests:
Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton
Peter Galbraith, former Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan for the UN Secretary General
Juan Cole, University of Michigan (@jricole)

Reporter's Notebook Is the Costly Iraq War Endangering US Safety at Home?

One of America's major financiers says that spending on the war in Iraq could make America more vulnerable, rather than safer. Robert Hormats is Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International. His new book, The Price of Liberty: Paying for America's Wars, argues that President Bush is ignoring George Washington, who warned against passing the cost of war onto future generations. He also sites Dwight Eisenhower, who said, "The problem with defense spending is to figure how far you should go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without."

Guests:
Robert Hormats, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International

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