US Troops, the UN and Iraq

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Some 148,000 American troops are deployed in Iraq, many of them since September. Twice the 3rd Infantry has been told it could come home, and twice that promise has been withdrawn. A new rotation plan-s been announced, but it-s not clear where the replacements will come from. America also has troops in Korea, Afghanistan and the Balkans, and it-s already called up the National Guard and a lot of reserves. Is it time to ask the United Nations to help ease the burden? Would that mean swallowing national pride? Is the UN even equipped to finish what America-s only begun? We discuss troop morale and replacement, and the ongoing search for Saddam Hussein with a correspondent in Baghdad and international security experts, including a former counter-intelligence officer with the US Marines and a former British ambassador to the UN.
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Bob Hope

Purdum-s article on Bob Hope

Library of Congress exhibition on Bob Hope

Army-s plan to call National Guard into Iraq rotation

European Union (EU) on Iraq

North American Treaty Organization (NATO)

State Department on Iraq

Tyson-s article on hunt for Saddam Hussein

The UN and Iraq

Science magazine article on the peopling of the Americas



Warren Olney