Iraq and the War on Terror: Politics and Reality

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This year's elections are crucial to President Bush, and he wants fellow Republicans to focus on the war in Iraq as part of the war on terror. He says Democrats who want a timetable for pulling out of Iraq are wrong not to recognize the connection. But a poll released today by CBS and the New York Times says 51% of Americans don't see the connection, either. Democrats hope that means national security will be their issue for the first time in decades. We look at the political consequences of the President's determination to "stay the course" in Iraq. We'll also look at the reality on the ground. Will the current strategy accomplish the mission? Is the war in Iraq making it harder to fight the war on terror?

Credits

Guests:
Anna Greenberg - Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, Ed Rollins - Republican campaign consultant and strategist , Stephen Biddle - George Washington University / Council on Foreign Relations - @ElliottSchoolGW, Tom Donnelly - American Enterprise Institute - @AEI

Host:
Warren Olney