FROM Laith Kubba
To 'Surge' or Not to 'Surge' in Iraq Today's Washington Post is the latest news outlet to report disagreement between the Pentagon and the White House. The paper says the White House wants 15,000 to 30,000 more troops for a last-ditch "surge" to rescue Iraq from total chaos. It says the Joint Chiefs of Staff are unanimously opposed, despite Army leaders warning that their active forces are already at the breaking point All this as the new Defense Secretary, Robert Gates , plans a trip to Iraq and President Bush says he'll announce a new strategy early next year. We debate military realities in the short term and the foreseeable future.
Historic Thaw in US-Cuban Relations and 2016 Presidential Contenders Hillary Clinton is still playing it coy when it comes to another run for the White House. Jeb Bush has beat her to the punch, becoming the first major player to say he'll “actively explore” a possible campaign. We hear early assessments of what's in store between now and 2016.