Mixed Messages on the War in Iraq
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President Bush has asked Congress for still more troops to increase the buildup in Iraq. At the same time, there's a report that the Pentagon is planning a gradual withdrawal in case the troop increase doesn't work. We also get diplomatic reaction to the weekend meeting that included both the US and Iran. Plus, Guantanamo hearings continue in Washington—under total secrecy and, on Reporter's Notebook, Halliburton, the largest US contractor in Iraq, is moving its headquarters from Houston to Dubai. We'll hear about accusations of corporate greed.
Guantanamo Terror Hearings Continue behind Veil of Secrecy ()
The alleged mastermind of September 11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, has received a hearing at Guantanamo Bay--in total secrecy. Adam Zagorin is senior correspondent in Washington for Time magazine.
- Adam Zagorin: Senior Correspondent in Washington for Time magazine
More Troops? More Diplomacy? Both? ()
The United States finally sat down with Iran and Syria in Baghdad on Saturday, a departure from past policy that appears to have changed almost nothing. Nevertheless, yesterday an Iranian spokesman called it a "constructive first step" and said it was looking forward to another meeting at the foreign minister level. Meantime, on his trip to South America, President Bush announced a call to Congress for 8200 new troops--4800 to bolster the Baghdad security plan. The Los Angeles Times reports that Pentagon planners have begun "plotting a fall back strategy that includes a gradual withdrawal of forces and renewed emphasis on training Iraqi fighters." Was it the first step in a long process or a dead end? What did other nations from around the region have to contribute? We speak with journalists in the US and Middle East, political scientists, the last senior US diplomat to speak one-on-one with Iranian officials in 2001 and the current senior Iraq advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
- Julian Barnes: Pentagon Reporter, Los Angeles Times, @julianbarnes
- James Dobbins: Director of International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corp
- David Satterfield: Senior Advisor on Iraq for Secretary of State Rice
- Rami Khouri: editor-at-large of the Daily Star
Halliburton Is Moving Its Headquarters to Dubai ()
Run by the current Vice President, Dick Cheney, from 1995 until 2000, since the US invasion, Halliburton has become the largest civilian contractor in Iraq, with a no-bid contract for $2.4 billion just for starters. The current chairman, president and CEO, Dave Lesar, says he's moving the company to Dubai to focus on Eastern Hemisphere "oil exploration and production opportunities." New York Senator Chuck Schumer says, "It just doesn't look good, doesn't sound good, doesn't smell good." Vermont's Patrick Leahy calls it "corporate greed at its worst." Ken Silverstein, Washington Editor for Harper's magazine, is author of Private Warriors.
- Ken Silverstein: Washington Editor for Harper's
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