Finally, the military surge has been followed by what the US called "benchmark legislation." But it could divide, instead of uniting, Shiites and Sunnis. Will Sunnis armed by the US against al Qaeda turn on the Shiite-led central government? Also, President Bush arrives in Saudi Arabia, and whether Mitt Romney can stay alive in his home state of Michigan.
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After a stop in the United Arab Emirates, President Bush has arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with his multiple messages for Middle Eastern nations. He'll stay at the palace of an old family friend, King Abdullah. Mark Silva is traveling with the President for the Chicago Tribune.
Mark Silva, White House Correspondent, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune
The "surge" of US military forces in Iraq has reduced the level of violence, as promised. However, not until this week did the "so-called "breathing room" lead to "benchmark legislation" from the Iraqi parliament. The Shiite-dominate legislature has passed a a law promoted by the United States, that's supposed to open the government to Sunnis bureaucrats, engineers, teachers, soldiers and police officers from Saddam-Hussein's Baath Party. But today's New York Times reports that it could make matters worse.
Solomon Moore, Criminal Justice Reporter, New York Times
Rend Al-Rahim, former Iraq Representative to US
Douglas Ollivant, New America Foundation (@DouglasOllivant)
Conrad Crane, Army War College's Military History Institute
Laith Kubba, Spokesman, former Iraqi Prime Minister al-Jaafari
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