Coming Up: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Sen. John McCain (R- Ariz.)

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Sep 23, 2009 6:22pm

Iran and Afghanistan – two big stories for our Headliner this week: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  Arguably the most influential voice on the President's national security team, Secretary Gates is critical in framing the Afghan strategic review for President Obama, who just last Sunday told me he was skeptical about sending more troops to Afghanistan.  We'll talk to Secretary Gates about the leaked McChrystal report warning of failure in Afghanistan if more troops were not sent and confirmation Friday that Iran has concealed a second nuclear enrichment site.

Then, an EXCLUSIVE interview with Republican Senator John McCain, who is leading the call to send more troops to Afghanistan. Senator McCain has been supportive of the President's Afghanistan policy, but is now criticizing the President for delaying a decision to send in more troops. 

On our roundtable, Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, the first reporter to get his hands on the 66-page McChrystal report. His story on Monday set off the debate in Washington. He'll be joined by The New York Times' Thomas Friedman, ABC News' Martha Raddatz and George Will to debate Afghanistan, national security policy and all of the weeks politics. 

You won’t want to miss this. See you Sunday.

- George Stephanopoulos

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