Pentagon May Recommend Troop Increases in Iraq
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US strategies in Iraq.
Is sending in more troops the answer? The White House, Pentagon and Iraq Study
Group are all considering options, and are expected to make recommendations
soon. Does the US have
enough combat-ready soldiers to increase troop levels in Iraq? How have
the elections affected the debate? What role does public opinion play? Plus, another assassination in Beirut, and remembering Robert Altman, a singular voice in American cinema, who passed away
last night. Sara Terry guest hosts.
Lebanese Christian Leader Pierre Gemayel Assassinated ()
A prominent Lebanese Christian leader and critic of Syria was assassinated in Beirut today. Pierre Gemayel, who was also Minister of Industry, was shot dead by gunmen as his convoy traveled through a Christian neighborhood on the northern edge of Beirut. The shooting adds to an already tense political situation in Lebanon.
- Hanna Anbar: Associate Publisher of Lebanon's Daily Star
US Troops in Iraq: Send in More, Pull Them out? ()
With the mid-term elections over, and an insurgency that continues to rage, the debate is heating up in Washington over what exit strategy the US should follow in withdrawing American troops from Iraq. President Bush says he hasn't decided whether to increase the number of US troops, the Pentagon has been exploring three different options, and a bipartisan panel is expected to come out with its recommendations in the next few weeks. Some policy makers suggest a short-term build-up leading to an exit, others call for an immediate withdrawal. Is it possible to stabilize the situation while still pulling out troops? How will Congressional Democrats wield their new authority? What options is the public willing to support?
- Gordon Lubold: Pentagon Correspondent for Military Times
- Michael Fumento: Author, journalist, photographer and attorney
- Lawrence Korb: Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, @LarryKorb
- William Arkin: Online Columnist for the Washington Post
- Robert Dallek: Professor of History at Boston University
Filmmaker Robert Altman Dies ()
He created some of the most influential movies of the past forty years: MASH, McCabe and Mrs Miller, Nashville, The Long Goodbye, The Player. Just this year, he released what would turn out to be his last film, Prairie Home Companion. Filmmaker Robert Altman, who died last night at the age of 81, won five 'Best Director' Oscar nominations during his career and finally won a life-time achievement award at this year's Oscar ceremonies. It was a long career, worthy of its own long goodbye.
- Charles Michener: Cultural journalist
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