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Midmorning: Dissenting soldiers and teenage drug use

Posted at 7:45 AM on August 30, 2007 by Bill Wareham

A recent op-ed commentary by soldiers serving in Iraq lead many to question the authority of armed forces in the field to judge the war as a whole, and the propriety of speaking out against your own mission in war. At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller will discuss soldiers' dissent with Pete Hegseth, executive director of Veterans for Freedom; Brian Mockenhaupt, a contributing editor at Esquire who has finished two tours in Iraq; and David Cortright, research fellow at the Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame and the author of Soldiers Revolt.

At 10 a.m., Kerri looks at a recent survey of teenagers showing that illegal drug use in America's schools is much more prevalent than previously believed. Midmorning's guest says the survey is just another indication that Americans need a major cultural change in their attitudes about drugs. Her guest is Joseph Califano, Jr., author of High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It. He is the chairman and president of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University., and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.