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Bush Speech Caps Week of Iraq Testimony

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President Bush today accepted the recommendations of General David Petraeus. The draw-down of troops from Iraq will stop when the "surge" ends in July. Democratic leaders of Congress said, "He's just dragging this out, leaving a failed war and a failed economy on the doorstep of the next president." Because of strains on the troops, Mr. Bush also reduced tours of duty from 15 months to 12, but that won't start until August. We talk with soldiers about the state of morale after six years of war.  What do multiple tours on the front lines mean for their families? What about recruitment, retention and readiness to meet future contingencies?  

Credits

Guests:
Mark Silva - White House Correspondent, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, Carissa Picard - President, Military Spouses for Change, Sig Christenson - San Antonio Express-News - @saddamscribe, Pete Hegseth - Executive Director, Vets for Freedom, Brandon Friedman - Editor, VetVoice.com

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Dan Konecky, Sonya Geis