Topics and Guests for Thursday, April 3

Veteran newscaster John Gibson gets to the core of the most salient issues facing America today as host of FNC's hard-hitting primetime show The Big Story with John Gibson, airing Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with expert legal analysis from Judge Andrew Napolitano and in-depth field reports from correspondent Heather Nauert.

April 3:

A weakened Republican Guard continues to defend the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. What is their strategy at this point?
• Army Col. James Helis, professor at the U.S. Army War College
Joe Galloway, Knight-Ridder military correspondent
Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

The armchair generals have been ripping Donald Rumsfeld's heavy reliance on heavy air power and Special Ops
Richard Betts of the Institute for War and Peace

Operation Iraqi Freedom isn't over yet and already there's a war going on over the rebuilding of Iraq. What is the country's best option for a legitimate post-war government?
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst 

Be sure to tune into The Big Story with John Gibson ... weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.

Note: All guests and topics subject to change