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The Military Stakes in Iraq45:24
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In the glare of presidential campaign lights and stock market bonfires, it's almost possible for the war in Iraq to disappear.

But not if you're a soldier, or an Iraqi, or cutting the checks in Washington, or feeling the strain at the Pentagon.

Iraq's Defense Minister says U.S. troops will be needed for another decade. John McCain says a hundred years if necessary. Top generals are wrangling over what to do this year.

This hour, On Point: we're circling back to Iraq and asking how long until how many U.S. troops come home.Guests:

Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army colonel, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, now professor of national security studies at William & Mary College.

Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.

Capt. Seth Moulton, U.S. Marines, special assistant to General David Petraeus. He is serving his fourth tour in Iraq.

Ned Parker, correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

This program aired on January 22, 2008.

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