The theme of this week has been more war. In Lebanon, where the destruction is profound and Israeli forces are up against a tenacious foe, war is widely-celebrated in the Arab world. So it is in Israel, where Hezbollah rockets continue to rain, and in Rome and beyond, where Condoleeza Rice says "no cease-fire until..."
The same is true in Baghdad, where civilian dead numbers dwarf Lebanon's 600, and even President Bush concedes the situation is "terrible."
This hour we'll look out on the week abroad and at home with adviser to four presidents David Gergen and Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on the Middle East and America's diminished leadership, on new abortion law, on John Bolton, and presidential powers.
David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, served in the White House as an advisor to four Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton, Editor at Large at U.S. News & World Report, author of " Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, from Nixon to Clinton"
Eleanor Clift, contributing editor Newsweek
Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on July 28, 2006.