Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006
*To My Conservative Brothers and Sisters,*
I know you are dismayed and disheartened at the results of last week's
election. You're worried that the country is heading toward a very bad place
you don't want it to go. Your 12-year Republican Revolution has ended with
so much yet to do, so many promises left unfulfilled. You are in a funk, and
Out of Iraq or More Troops? A Debate on Withdrawal with Fmr. Senator George McGovern, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and AEI's Joshua Muravchik
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/15/1459243
As leading Democrats call on President Bush to soon begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq some Republicans are calling on more troops to be deployed. We host a debate on the issue with former Democratic presidential candidate and South Dakota senator, George McGovern, Ohio Congressmember Dennis Kucinich and the American Enterprise Institute's Joshua Muravchik. [includes rush transcript - partial]
The military's top commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, is heading to Capitol Hill today to testify about the war in Iraq. Abizaid's testimony before the Senate Committee on Armed Services comes a week after the Democrats swept to power. Leading Democrats are now calling for President Bush to soon begin withdrawing troops.
On Sunday, Senator Carl Levin said a phased redeployment of forces from Iraq should begin in four to six months. Levin is set to become the chair of the Committee on Armed Services. However President Bush has dismissed the calls.
On Monday he met with James Baker and other advisers from the Iraq Study Group. Bush has given little indication over what was said at the meeting but he has rejected calls for setting a timetable for withdrawing troops.
- President Bush: "General Pete Pace is leading investigations within the Pentagon as to how to reach our goal, which is success, a government which can sustain, govern, and defend itself, and will serve as an ally in this war on terror. I believe it is very important, though, for people making suggestions to recognize that the best military options depend upon the conditions on the ground."
- Sen. John McCain (R - AZ): "The question is, what's the solution. And I believe that a withdrawal, or a date for withdrawal, will lead to chaos in the region. And most military experts think the same thing. I believe that there are a lot of things we can do to salvage this, but they all require the presence of additional troops."
We host a debate on troops on U.S. troops in Iraq with three guests:
- George McGovern, former South Dakota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate. He was a leading opponent of the Vietnam War. McGovern has co-authored a new book titled "Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now."
- Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D - OH), of Ohio. He is a member of the Out of Iraq Congressional Working Group and is set to become the Chair of the Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations.
- Joshua Muravchik, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is "The Future of the United Nations: Understanding the Past to Chart a Way Forward."
AMY GOODMAN: Bush has given little indication over what was said at the meeting, but he has rejected calls for setting a timetable for withdrawing troops.
Pouring Chardonnay Diplomacy
The foreign affairs fur is flying.
I’m not talking about the catfight between two strong-willed, expensively dressed Democratic pols married to California gazillionaires, with Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi trying to yank Jane Harman from heading the House Intelligence Committee.
I’m talking about the catfight between the Idealists and the Realists.
Stephen Shore was interested in photography from an early age. Self-taught, he received a photographic darkroom kit at age six. He began to use a 35mm camera three years later and made his first color photographs. At ten he received a copy of Walker Evans's book, American Photographs, which influenced him greatly. At age seventeen Shore met Andy Warhol and began to frequent Warhol's studio, the Factory, photographing Warhol and the creative people that surrounded him. In 1972 Shore embarked on a series of cross-country trips and "on the road" photographs of the American landscape.
Among the first to work almost exclusively in color, Shore, in 1971, became the first living photographer to have a one-person show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
For more information on Stephen Shore, please visit the 303 Gallery web site.
Botero Restores the Dignity of Prisoners at Abu Ghraib
A selection of Fernando Botero’s “Abu Ghraib” paintings, which were shown in Europe last year, can now be seen through Saturday at the Marlborough Gallery in Manhattan. They may not be masterpieces, but that may not matter. They are among Mr. Botero’s best work, and in an art world where responses to the Iraq war have been scarce — literal or obscure — they stand out.
That it is moving to encounter these large, unnerving images and austere compositions on American soil is reflected in the gallery’s sign-in book: in place of the usual signatures, there are effusively grateful comments in several languages.