January 28, 2007
On FOX News Sunday this week: During his State of the Union address, President Bush called on lawmakers to give the new strategy for victory in Iraq "a chance to work," but Congressional critics barely flinched before moving forward with resolutions condemning the plan. With newly-confirmed Lt. Gen. David Petraeus set to take over as top U.S. commander in Iraq and execute the new strategy, what impact will the resolutions have on the president and his plans? And with widespread condemnation for the White House plan, what is the Congressional alternative? We will discuss the State of the Union address and path forward in Iraq with a 2008 GOP presidential hopeful and one of the president's few Senate Democratic allies on the war.
Our guests this week include:
• Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS), 2008 Presidential Candidate
• Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman of Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee
Almost two years to go before the next Presidential Inauguration, more than a dozen candidates have already tossed their hats into the 2008 presidential ring. But with the candidates already starting to lay out their domestic agendas, the war in Iraq continues to loom over the national political debate and the next election. We will discuss the politics of Iraq with a 2008 candidate-and GOP critic of the president's plan — Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS). With a number of key Republicans planning to join Democrats in voting against the White House plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, how will the Congressional criticism impact the strategy and the morale of the troops on the ground? And, if the president moves ahead with his plans, is Congress prepared to ratchet up the pressure? All of that and more with Sen. Brownback.
Then, we'll address the debate over the new Iraq strategy and other key issues facing the Democratic Congress with one of the president's few Democratic allies in the U.S. Senate — Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). The self-identified "Independent-Democrat" has been critical of his former party's stance on the war, but with Republicans also growing increasingly disenchanted with the policy, how much longer will the president be able to sustain the effort in Iraq? Also, despite calls for bipartisanship, is the current contentious Iraq debate only a sign of things to come for the White House-Congress relationship? We will discuss the whole spectrum of issues with the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee.
Our FOX News Sunday panel will then analyze this week's State of the Union and the latest news in the Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial. We will be joined by our panel regulars: FOX News Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, NPR Senior National Correspondent Juan Williams and NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.
Finally, our power player this week is trying to shine some "sunlight" on how Congress does business — Ellen Miller, the executive director of the Sunlight Foundation.
So check your local listings and we'll see you on the next FOX News Sunday,