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Monday, February 9, 2009

The Pentagon, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, the VA, and the UAE

Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reported Wednesday on a wrinkle in our plans for the war in Afghanistan -- and it's about a base in the country of Kyrgyzstan. It's a former Russian "breakaway" country and Putin wants it back. And he's willing to pay them enough money to evict us:

Chris Lawrence, who is now another Pentagon Correspondent, took a look at a report on waste in the Iraqi reconstruction budget:

Chris also reported on the newly appointed head of the VA, former General Eric Shinseki, and his aim to increase help for our many wounded veterans and their families:

If you're looking to get away from all the dismal economic problems here in the US, check this out first -- Stan Grant filed this report on Aussie expats in the UAE whose jobs have been eliminated, leaving them stranded thousands of miles from home:

Finally, on yesterday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Michael Ware took part in a panel discussion about the recent election in Iraq:

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One calendar note: David Gergen will discuss the many challenges facing the new president at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University.

That's it for me this week!

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