President Bush has asserted that the violence in Iraq should be seen as a sign of progress because it shows the desperation of those who oppose the U.S.-led occupation. He has also vowed that the United States will stay the course in Iraq. As we pass the UN Security Council deadline for the Iraqi Governing Council to present a timeline for drafting a constitution and holding elections, join us for a discussion of America’s progress in Iraq and prospects for the future. What are the military requirements for suppressing the insurgency? Do military requirements and larger political objectives conflict? Is Iraq any closer to self‐government or democracy? How does the U.S. military presence in Iraq make America safer? What is the exit strategy?