The War in Iraq: Strategy and Politics
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American and Iraqi casualties are mounting, Republicans are defecting, and Democrats are challenging the President's war powers once again. Will a phased withdrawal come sooner than planned, as the Iraq Study Group recommended a year ago? Have officials in Baghdad lost the chance to influence debate in Washington? Also, after an 8-day standoff, Pakistani troops have raided the Red Mosque in Islamabad. On Reporter's Notebook, has the passion gone out of baseball's All-Star game?
Red Mosque Stand-off in Pakistan Ends with Cleric Dead ()
After an eight-day, anti-government stand-off,
Pakistani troops today raided the Red Mosque in Islamabad. Among those found dead was Abdul Rashid
Ghazi, the pro-Taliban cleric in charge of the mosque. Najam Sethi is the editor of the Friday Times, published in Lahore.
Pressure Builds to Advance Iraq Timetable ()
President Bush wants to reassure Americans about his strategy in Iraq and stem Republican defections. With the latest Gallup Poll reporting that his approval rating has dropped to a new low of 29%, he's beginning to talk about a draw-down of troops next year, made possible by the "surge," which he says is just beginning to work. Meantime, senior Republicans are talking about a change of strategy in Iraq. Senator John McCain, just back from Iraq, says that progress is being made, even as his own presidential campaign is faltering. We hear about "progress" on the battlefield and politics in Baghdad and Washington.
- Peter Baker: White House Correspondent, Washington Post
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Baghdad Deputy Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Eric Egland: Counter-terrorism consultant to the Defense Department
- Wayne White: Policy Expert at the Middle East Policy Council
Baseball's All Star Game and the So-What Factor ()
Major League Baseball's All-Star game will held tonight in San Francisco, and Barry Bonds of the Giants will be on the field, just four home runs away from Hank Aaron's record. But what about the rivalry that once existed between the National and American Leagues? The All-Star game pits the best from the two leagues against one another in what used to be a heated rivalry. But John Thorn, a leading baseball historian and editor of Total Baseball, says those days are over.
- John Thorn: Baseball historian
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