John Ydstie is our guest host again today while Neal Conan continues NPR's coverage of testimony by General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on Capitol Hill today.
In today's first hour, we are marking the sixth anniversary of the September 11th attacks in 2001. As thousands of American soldiers and civilians make the ultimate sacrifice in fighting the war in Iraq launched after the attacks, we are wondering... What kinds of sacrifices are being made here as the conflict continues? Do we sacrifice individual rights? What sacrifices are you making? We'll also read from emails and blogs and hear from listeners about how they are commemorating this day and what the anniversary means to them. We want to hear from you as well.
Our second hour we'll talk to a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, a senior fellow and director of homeland security, and a senior fellow for foreign policy studies about General David Petreus' testomony on the Hill and his progress report for Iraq. We end that hour with Deanna Germain, an Army Reserve nurse whose new memoir, Reaching Past the Wire, talks about the challenges she faced while stationed in the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.