the nonbinding resolution is really a very tepid tiptoe, which will serve the purpose of getting Congress off the hook in the following weeks and months, saying, well, they did what they could do. There’s got to be much more aggressive moves by Congress, maybe reflected in Congressman Jim McGovern's bill, which will deal with the appropriations process and protect the soldiers, as they withdraw. If we don't withdraw on a timetable, our military and corporate occupation of Iraq, including the oil industry, the bottom will never fall out of the insurgency. In the process of withdrawing, we develop what can be called the Iraq reconciliation plan that Dal Lamagna and CODEPINK initiated with members of the Iraqi parliament, tribal leaders and victims of torture in Amman last year. The Iraqi hierarchy is still in place. I mean, the place is in chaos in terms of explosions, but the tribal leaders, the religious leaders, the political leaders still command the kind of cohesive authority in the three distinct groups that could provide for a reconciliation plan with international peacekeepers for an interim period, while we continue hiring Iraqis for reconstruction of their devastated homeland, compliments of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Ralph Nader on Why He Might Run In 2008, the Iraq War & the New Documentary "An Unreasonable Man"
Monday, February 5th, 2007http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/05/1532248
Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader says he will decide later this year whether to run for president in 2008. Today he also looks back at his childhood and his new book "Seventeen Traditions." In addition, film director Henriette Mantel joins us to talk about "An Unreasonable Man." [includes rush transcript]
Following one of the bloodiest weekends of the Iraq war, the Senate is set to begin debate today on a non-binding resolution criticizing President Bush's decision to send in more US troops. Meanwhile this weekend, Democratic activists gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C for the annual Democratic National Committee winter meeting. The two-day event featured speeches and presentations by all of the Democratic Presidential contenders. It was the first showcase for the candidates who are already beginning to run for their party's nomination in what is set to become the longest primary campaign in history.
In a moment, we'll take a look at a new documentary about a different kind of presidential candidate that's just been released. It is called “An Unreasonable Man” - and is about the long-time consumer advocate, lawyer, author and two-time presidential candidate - Ralph Nader. He is the author of a new book about his life titled "The Seventeen Traditions."
- Ralph Nader
- Henriette Mantel
- Excerpts of "An Unreasonable Man", ran for president in 2000 as a candidate on the Green Party ticket. In 2004 he ran for President as an Independent. He is a long-time consumer advocate and the founder of many organizations including the Center for Study of Responsive Law, the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and Public Citizen. Ralph is also the author of many books - his latest is titled, "The Seventeen Traditions."
, writer, director and executive producer of "An Unreasonable Man." Henriette is also a writer, actress and stand-up comic.
AMY GOODMAN: In a moment, we’ll take a look at a new documentary about a different kind of presidential candidate.