March 11 Preview: Baghdad Summit
Look for news on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "Late Edition" when the two shows get instant reaction to a security summit being held in Baghdad. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is meeting this weekend with officials from Iran, Syria and Iraq to discuss how to quell violence in the region. Such a meeting was one of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, one the Bush administration initially rejected. The United States has said Iran and Syria have undermined security efforts in Iraq, and said that Iran in particular has provided materiel and training to insurgents.
Khalizad will appear on NBC. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari will provide his country's perspective on CNN.
The war in Washington over Iraq will also be featured prominently on the shows.
On CNN, discussing the war will be Sen. Joseph Biden (Del.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). On CBS "Face the Nation," Sens. Charles Schumer (D-Pa.), Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) will talk about Iraq. Schumer and Specter, both members of the Judiciary Committee, also are expected to talk about the fallout from the decision last week by a jury to convict former Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis Libby on four criminal counts in the Valerie Plame case. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) will discuss Iraq.
Democrats announced this week aggressive new measures to limit U.S. involvement in Iraq. A House spending bill could begin withdrawals by the year's end and cease combat duties by August 2008. The bill also includes billions for military health care. Senate Democrats have proposed a joint resolution to limit the authority Congress gave President Bush in 2002 to invade Iraq. It would require withdrawal to begin within four months and set March 2008 as a goal for withdrawing most troops.
But the Democratic offensive faces many challenges. In the House, Democratic members are divided, while Senate Democrats must enlist the support of Republicans to overcome procedural hurdles. And Bush has vowed to veto the House plan.
Continuing discussion about the conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, former senator Bob Dole (R-Kans.) will appear on ABC to discuss a new bi-partisan commission to probe military and veterans health care. He will chair the commission with former health and human services secretary Donna Shalala.
Also on CNN, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will make the case that he has a decent shot at winning the Republican nomination despite barely registering in the polls. He is arguing that he is a committed conservative who would be well-received by the party's socially conservative wing.
Finally, on "Fox News Sunday," former senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), an actor, will discuss speculation that he is considering a 2008 presidential run.
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