First Topic – The General Reports
Gen. David Petraeus told Congress today he envisions the withdrawal of roughly 30,000 U.S. combat troops from Iraq by next summer. In long-awaited testimony, the commanding general of the war said last winter's buildup in U.S. troops had met its military objectives "in large measure." As a result, he told a congressional hearing and a nationwide television audience, "I believe that we will be able to reduce our forces to the pre-surge level .... by next summer without jeopardizing the security gains we have fought so hard to achieve." We analyze the report with a man who served in Vietnam, and has visited Iraq multiple times – military historian and author Bing West.
Second Topic – God as your running mate
“Mitt Romney wants the J.F.K. deal with voters: If you don't hold my religion against me, I won't impose my religion on you. But that deal made little sense in 1960 and makes no sense today. Kennedy said, ‘I believe in a President whose religious views are his own private affair.’ But the Roman Catholic Church holds that abortion is the deliberate killing of a human being. Catholic liberal politicians since Mario Cuomo have said they personally accept the doctrine of their church but nevertheless believe in a woman's right to choose. This is silly. There is no right to choose murder. Either these politicians are lying to their church, or they are lying to us.” Those are the words of Michael Kinsley in a recent TIME Magazine column. Al analyzes the piece.