US Troops in Iraq: Go Big, Go Long or Go Home?

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With the mid-term elections over, and an insurgency that continues to rage, the debate is heating up in Washington over what exit strategy the US should follow in withdrawing American troops from Iraq. President Bush says he hasn't decided whether to increase the number of US troops, the Pentagon has been exploring three different options, and a bipartisan panel is expected to come out with its recommendations in the next few weeks. Some policy makers suggest a short-term build-up leading to an exit, others call for an immediate withdrawal. Is it possible to stabilize the situation while still pulling out troops?  How will Congressional Democrats wield their new authority? What options is the public willing to support? (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)  Sara Terry guest hosts.

Credits

Guests:
Michael Fumento - Author, journalist, photographer and attorney, Lawrence Korb - Center for American Progress Action Fund - @LarryKorb, William Arkin - Online Columnist, Washington Post, Robert Dallek - Presidential historian

Host:
Sara Terry

Producers:
Karen Radziner, Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper