That is the question on many fronts about the conflict in Iraq-- especially after the assassination last week of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Is it a turning point? And if so, what kind? Our correspondent in Baghdad, Jim Maceda, is taking a look at a new Al Qaeda threat to increase suicide bombings in retaliation for Zarqawi's death. In a phone call to the newsroom Jim is also telling us about preparations now underway for what could be a major US military operation in Iraq.
He'll have details tonight.
On the other front-- at the White House-- a big war conference is about to take place about how best to proceed in Iraq now. Kevin Corke will report from the White House on that. We hope to bring you an inside look at what happens at these strategy meetings. Our folks in Washington are hard at work.
On the weather front, Tropical storm Alberto is a headache but not very organized. The hurricane season, therefore, seems to be starting rather benignly. But there are some signs the storm could take a different path as it makes its way towards land. We have our eye on Alberto and will have the latest.
Out in the newsroom-- there has been much to distract and keep us entertained today. The French Open. A very exciting match produced more than a few squeals and groans from our folks. And World Cup Soccer continues. We were watching Mexico versus Iran. Producer Carol Eggers declared she was rooting for Mexico because, well, they're-- HOT! But you should all know that Carol is a bundle of hormones. And I mean a bundle. Today is the last day before her maternity leave. She is expected to deliver a girl in about two weeks who will no doubt grow up to also cheer for hotties!
And back to the broadcast and to prove I am not a queen of non sequiturs, Mike Taibbi will delve into World Cup mania. GOOOALLLL!
As I write this, John Seigenthaler is in the air.. making his way back to New York for tonight's program.
We hope you'll join us this evening.