Sunday, December 5 Edition
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) has signed off on a plan to boost U.S. troop levels in Iraq by 10,400 before scheduled elections take place on January 30, according to military sources.
The reinforcements will increase the force size in Iraq to approximately 150,000 personnel — the highest level of the war. The previous high was 148,000 on May 1, 2003, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations.
Units being sent to Iraq will include two battalions, or about 1,500 soldiers, of the 82nd Airborne Division (search), based at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Now that additional troops are headed to Iraq, will the boost in troop levels be high enough to ensure a peaceful transistion to full democracy? Also, how long will the U.S. military be stationed in Iraq? Will all our troops be gone in just a couple of few years or could we be committed to a military presence in Iraq for decades?
We'll ask Senate Armed Services Committee member John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he joins us this Sunday.
Plus, what will be the focus of President Bush's second term? Will Democrats oppose his efforts every step of the way? House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (search) weighs in.
And later, we'll get powerful political punditry from FOX News Washington Managing Editor Brit Hume and FOX News Contributors Bill Kristol of "The Weekly Standard," Mara Liasson of National Public Radio; Ceci Connolly of "The Washington Post;" and Juan Williams of National Public Radio.