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The Iraq war is bitterly controversial, but only 5 percent of Americans know somebody who's been wounded or killed. Whose war is it?  Is much of society disconnected from the sacrifices that are being made?    Also, Valerie Plame testifies on Capitol Hill today on being outted by her own government and, on Reporter's Notebook, CPR without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Making News At Long Last, Former CIA Spy Valerie Plame Testifies

Breaking her public silence today, Valerie Plame testified before a House Oversight Committee. The wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who criticized the Bush Administration’s rationale for the war in Iraq, called herself the only covert CIA operative whose identity was disclosed by her "very own government," and said she felt "hit in the gut" on being outted by syndicated columnist Robert Novak. During the trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, there was testimony that he and Vice President Cheney had a role in public disclosures of her status. Liz Halloran is Senior Editor for US News and World Report.

Liz Halloran, Senior Editor, US News and World Report

Reporter's Notebook CPR Study Says Skip the Mouth-to-Mouth for Heart Attacks

The goal of cardiopulmonary resuscitation on people with cardiac arrest is to keep them alive--without brain damage.  A Japanese study of more than 4000 incidents shows that those who received chest compressions alone did twice as well as those who received both chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitations. Traditional CPR requires both chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Lots of bystanders don't perform mouth-to-mouth, for fear of contracting disease or doing it wrong. Dr. Gordon Ewy is Chief Cardiologist at the University of Arizona Medical School.

Gordon Ewy, Chief Cardiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine

Main Topic Why Aren't Americans More Directly Engaged in the Iraq War?

Anti-war protests are being prepared for this weekend, but they may be only a shadow of the demonstrations against the war in Vietnam. A good example is university campuses, which were hotbeds of protest during the 1970's. Today, the war in Iraq has divided Americans almost as much but you wouldn't know that by visiting campuses.  Previous conflicts were fought in part by Ivy League graduates and others in America's ruling elite. They signed up or they were drafted. However, the volunteers in Iraq come mostly from rural and lower-middle class America.  Although the war is bitterly controversial, are most Americans disconnected?  Is there a growing lack of commitment to public service or active citizenship? We hear from students at a state university and private military college, a former congressman and the author-father of a former enlisted serviceman.

Ben White, Junior, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Steve Robitaille, Senior, Norwich University
Tom Andrews, National Director, Win Without War
Frank Schaeffer, son of evangelical Francis Schaeffer


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