Bush Details 'Strategy for Victory'

In a speech Wednesday, President Bush says there has been "real progress" in Iraq and that U.S. troops won't leave until the Iraqi forces are ready to take over. Democrats say the president didn't outline any new details on what's ahead and didn't offer a strategy for success. Political experts discuss the president's speech and U.S. plans for exiting Iraq.


Mara Liasson, NPR's national political correspondent

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic; wrote cover story, "Why Iraq Has No Army," for the December 2005 issue of the magazine

Michael Rubin, former political advisor to Paul Bremer and the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004. Visits Iraq frequently; was there for two weeks in September; will visit again in December after Iraqi elections; now a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.

Sam Gardiner, retired Air Force colonel; has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College and Naval War College

Ed Wong, New York Times reporter in Baghdad



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