Iraqi Politics and American Withdrawal

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Senior US officers in Iraq now say there will be no military solution to the bloody insurgency and only Iraq-s political process can end the guerilla war. With Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis struggling to get their government under way, another suicide bomb today killed 23 of Iraq-s new soldiers. The Bush Administration is taking heat for failing to plan for an extended post-war occupation and even some Republicans who supported invasion say it-s time to start bringing the troops back home. Six in ten Americans say they agree. Will the US have the patience to stay the course? Would early withdrawal be a moral victory for the likes of Osama bin Laden? We hear from pollsters, experts on the Middle East and conflict prevention, Iraq's representative to the UN, and a journalist who has reported on pre-war briefing papers recently leaked to the press in Great Britain.
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  • Reporter's Notebook: EPCOT Death Raises Questions of Amusement Park Safety
    DisneyWorld's Mission: Space ride simulates a rocket trip to Mars. Some riders suffer motion sickness or chest pains, 8.6 million people have survived the experience. On Monday, though, a 4 year-old rider became rigid and died. An autopsy showed no evidence of trauma, and a medical examiner says it-ll take weeks to determine what killed him. Kathy Fackler of Saferparks, a California nonprofit designed to prevent such incidents, says the death raises questions about safety and regulation.

Pincus' article on America's lack of post-war Iraq plan

Pew Research survey on US calls for troop withdrawal

Mission: SPACE

National Amusement Park Ride Safety Act (HR 2500)



Warren Olney