Robert Gates Promises 'Fresh Eyes' at the Pentagon
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Donald Rumsfeld's proposed replacement has told a Senate committee that America is not winning the war in Iraq. We hear more about former CIA Director Robert Gates, his controversial career and his possible role in America's military future. Plus, strained relations between Britain and Russia over the radioactive poisoning of a former Russian spy, and with their work over, leaders of the Iraq Study Group have sat for pictures in Men's Vogue magazine. We get an update on tomorrow's much-awaited report.
Russia and UK Dance around Spy-Case Extradition ()
Relations between Britain and Russia are increasingly strained over the radioactive poisoning in London of a former Russian spy. British agents are in Moscow to investigate the murder, but Russia's chief prosecutor says there will be no extradition of any suspects.
- Michael Evans: Defense Editor for The Times of London
Robert Gates Promises 'Fresh Eyes' at the Pentagon ()
At his Senate confirmation hearing today to replace Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director Robert Gates was asked a crucial question by Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan, whether America was winning the war in Iraq. Answering "no," he said there will be no easy answers if he's confirmed as Secretary of Defense. It's expected that Gates will be confirmed, but he's still controversial. Does he have the background to run the world's most sophisticated military establishment? Will he "speak truth to power," or tell the President what he wants to hear?
- Lawrence Korb: Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, @LarryKorb
- Melvin A. Goodman: Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy
- Randy Scheuneman: Foreign policy and national security analyst
- Jonathan Broder: Defense and Foreign Policy Editor, Congressional Quarterly
Iraq Study Time's Up ()
With good ideas in short supply, the Bush White House accepted a Republican Congressman's proposal for a bi-partisan Iraq Study Group led by Republican James Baker and Democrat Lee Hamilton. With eight other members, they have visited Iraq and studied the options. Baker and Hamilton have recently posed for Men's Vogue magazine, tomorrow they'll be on the front page of almost every newspaper in the world, telling the White House and the rest of the world what they think.
- Richard Wolffe: Senior White House Correspondent for Newsweek
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