Iraq, Iran and America's Credibility

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Today's Washington Post reminds readers of how the "Vietnam syndrome" dogged a generation of US Presidents. Now, it reports an "Iraq syndrome" is dogging President Bush.  Despite denial of any plan to invade Iraq, the administration invaded anyway, based on evidence that turned out to be false. Yesterday, he was compelled to deny speculation that he's planning for war on Iran. Two carrier task forces are threatening Iran and there's confusion about evidence that Iranian weapons are being used against US troops in Iraq.  Even Republicans are skeptical about the Administration's current intentions. Allies in Europe are openly worried. What will it take to restore America's credibility?

Credits

Guests:
Craig Unger - Staff writer for Vanity Fair, John Hulsman - Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Rosemary Hollis - Director of Research at Chatham House, Abbas Milani - Co-Director, Hoover Institution's Iran Democracy Project

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Vanessa Romo, Karen Radziner, Christian Bordal