A Shaky Start for the New Way Forward

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Another hanging has gone awry, the civilian death toll is higher than anyone thought before and Iraq’s government may not be on board.  All this as Secretary of State Rice visits Iraq's Arab neighbors, trying to sell the President's plan for more troops to avoid total chaos. Meantime, the New York Times quotes a US official in Iraq as saying, "We are implementing a strategy to embolden a government that is actually part of the problem," adding, "we are being played like a pawn." Does America's war in Iraq make for tension between the Arab governments and their own people? How worried are the regimes about the rising influence of Iran? Will talks between Israel and the Palestinians make a difference? We get perspective from journalists in Iraq and Europe, experts on international security and Middle East policy.




Warren Olney