A week is a long time in politics. Just over a week ago Bush and Cheney were criticizing their anti-war critics and repeating their mantra of â€˜staying the course.â€™ Now it seems Jack Murthaâ€™s call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq has resonated and the administration is talking about withdrawing some before midterm elections of 2006 and more before the election of 2008. It all depends on the new Iraqi government and the readiness of its army and police, right? Christian Parenti joins us on this latest in the US-Iraqi war.
On December 13 Stanley Tookie Williams is scheduled to be executed in California, though the pressure for a stay is strong. Weâ€™ll talk to Prof. Philip Gasper about Tookieâ€™s case.
Our final segment is about the Polish elections and the defeat of Solidarity â€“ that monumental union that challenged Stalinist authority and won. David Ost, author of The Defeat of Solidarity, explains how Poland can elect the Kazcynski twins â€“ who offer moral satisfaction instead of economic justice in a model familiar to anyone from Kansas and elsewhere.
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