Despite joint efforts by US and Iraqi forces, violence in Baghdad is on the increase, and there’s growing impatience with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. We get the latest from Baghdad and a talk with Iraq’s Ambassador to the UN. What about a phased withdrawal or asking Iran and Syria to help restore order? Plus, GOP approval ratings fall to dangerous levels, and feeding North Korea--in the midst of sanctions.
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Some Republicans have been skeptical of public opinion polls from the New York Times and Gallup. But now the Wall Street Journal's latest survey shows President Bush and his party in worse shape than the Democrats were when they lost control of Capitol Hill in 1994.
It's been another bloody day in Iraq with at least 24 civilians killed in a suicide bombing in Mosul; 73 Americans have been killed already this month, which is on the way to becoming the worst month for US casualties in more than two years. US commanders said today that violence in Baghdad has increased since 12,000 joint US-Iraqi troops were deployed in August and that Operation Together Forward will have to be revised. Increasing numbers of Republicans say it's time for a change. We get an update from Baghdad on increased violence and US impatience with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and hear from Iraq's Ambassador to the UN about his government's plans to disarm sectarian militias and stop the death squads. Should Syria and Iran be asked to help restore order? Is it time for a phased withdrawal?
Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)
Feisal Istrabadi, Indiana University (@csme_iu)
Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@washinstitute)
Richard Dekmejian, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California
In the 1990's, famine killed 2 million people in North Korea; Kim Jong Il appealed for assistance. Last year, he ordered donors to leave the country or scale back their programs. This year, the country faces a cold winter and likely food shortages, just as it's facing sanctions for testing a nuclear bomb. South Korea and China have both reduced aid since the test, and the US has cut its donations to the UN's World Food Program since Kim Jong Il cut back its mission earlier this year. What are the humanitarian prospects?
Jean-Jacques Graisse, Senior Deputy Executive Director of the UN World Food Program
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