U.S. troops are likely to be in Iraq at least through next spring, much longer than some officials originally projected. As America keeps careful count of its Iraq casualties, Diane and her guests talk about why troops are in Iraq for the duration, and how their work intersects with reconstruction efforts.


  • Lawrence Korb senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration.
  • Lt. Col. Ralph Peters U.S. Army, Retired and author of "Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World" (Stackpole Books)
  • Rick Barton Rick Barton is a senior adviser in the CSIS International Security Program and codirector of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project

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