President Bush wants to reassure Americans about his strategy in Iraq and stem Republican defections. With the latest Gallup Poll reporting that his approval rating has dropped to a new low of 29%, he's beginning to talk about a draw-down of troops next year, made possible by the "surge," which he says is just beginning to work. Meantime, senior Republicans are talking about a change of strategy in Iraq. Senator John McCain, just back from Iraq, says that progress is being made, even as his own presidential campaign is faltering. We hear about "progress" on the battlefield and politics in Baghdad and Washington.
Pressure Builds to Advance Iraq Timetable
Peter Baker - New York Times - @peterbakernyt, Alissa Johannsen Rubin - New York Times - @alissanyt, Eric Egland - Counterterrorism Consultant, US Defense Department, Wayne White - Middle East Policy Council - @middleeastinst