Mike Hirsh, senior editor at Newsweek magazine, says that "the unconditional surrender" demand is meant to convey the message that the U.S. is not willing to negotiate with Saddam Hussein or his party leadership.
Leon Sigal, author of "Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945," says that even though it may prolong the war, "unconditional surrender" is the only outcome the U.S. should accept in order to declare victory in the war in Iraq.
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Leon Sigal, Director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York and author of "Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945"
Tom Nichols, Chairman of the Department of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College
Michael Hirsh, Senior Editor at Newsweek Magazine
Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst.
This program aired on April 2, 2003.