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photoToday was a first full day of war in Iraq. Pentagon sources reported that U.S. Marines crossed the border from Kuwait into Iraq and that the U.S. military has launched air strikes against targets in Baghdad. There are also reports that Iraqi forces have set as many as four oil wells ablaze in southern Iraq, near the Kuwaiti border.

Meanwhile, the White House reported that the coalition of countries supporting the U.S.-led attack in Iraq is growing. According to Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration, the countries supporting the U.S. in this war are not playing a crucial role militarily and financially, but are simply providing symbolic support to its legitimacy.

Click the "Listen" link above to learn more about the importance and credibility of this war's coalition compared to the coalition of countries that supported the 1991 Gulf War.

Guests:

Daryl Press, Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and author of "The Myth of Air Power in the Persian Gulf Conflict and the Future of Warfare"

Lawrence Korb, Vice-President of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration

Tad Oelstrom, Retired Lt. General US Air Force and Director of National Security Programs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst and Senior Editor at the Atlantic Monthly magazine.

This program aired on March 20, 2003.

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