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The secret

Below this paragraph is a link to an article by a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army Reserve and a veteran of the Iraq war. It's from ARMY magazine, published by the Association of the United States Army, and it may be the best-written article on Iraq and the Iraqi people I've read since the war began. I ask that you save the link, put it aside, find the time to read it, and share it with anyone you know who has an opinion about this war. Many of the people whose opinions I respect in this area (including several people I discussed it with while in Iraq two weeks ago), feel that this article should be required reading throughout both the government and military. Many more wish the seven central points in the article were better understood by American decision-makers years ago. I'd love to hear from those of you who take the time to read it.

The Modern Seven Pillars of Iraq

The President had hardly finished laying down the line last night when the Democrats laid down their own. And the tough question that John Harwood of CNBC asked rhetorically last weekend on Nightly News continues to haunt some Dems: Have they found it easier, in effect, to investigate than to legislate? The questions for the Reps include: Has the White House opened the door already, only to then make a too-Shermanesque statement? Meaning: e-mails have been released and deals have been proffered on the Hill.  Our folks will talk about all of it tonight. At this hour, the Wall Street numbers are making news -- Al Gore was on the Hill today (interesting moment between Senators Boxer and Inhofe) and our series on immigration will continue. If we can overcome some technical transmission bugs, we will hear from Ann Curry tonight. She is covering the crisis in Darfur.

Tonight Richard Engel will join us to preview his documentary. I hope you saw his superb appearance with Jay Leno last night (on what I called the "TODAY" show in my earlier vlog today -- I was only off by 15 hours or so), and I certainly hope you see his MSNBC broadcast tonight or during one of its subsequent airings.

In the meantime, we hope you can join us for the Wednesday edition of Nightly News.