Flirting with Failure in Iraq

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photoJust how bad is it from Baghdad to Kirkuk to Basra? One Newsweek headline says: "It's worse than you think." The attacks on U.S. forces are coming at 87 a day, and the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq now tops 1,015. The insurgency is growing in numbers, in sophistication, and in violence.

The escalating violence and brazen attacks by insurgents threaten Iraq's national elections, nervously slated for January. Now, some senior Bush administration officials say the U.S. strategy of creating a democratic, free and stable in Iraq is in danger of failing.

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Anthony Cordesman, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Babak Dehghanpisheh, Baghdad correspondent for Newsweek

Anne Bernard, Baghdad correspondent for The Boston Globe

Howard LaFranchi, Baghdad correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

This program aired on September 15, 2004.


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