Boltonâ€™s recess appointment, as Ian Williams writes, was greeted by his supporters on the far right as if he were Wyatt Earp coming to clean up Tombstone. Now we know just how clean â€“ Bolton has demanded 750 changes to the UN reorganization draft document, and for students of the Bush administration's foreign policy, this is an essential text. The hundreds of deletions and insertions represent an annotated map to Washington's disagreements with most of the rest of the world on just about every global issue imaginable. Iâ€™ve invited Ian Williams, The Nationâ€™s UN Correspondent, to fill us in.
We then turn to the Northwest Airlines Mechanics strike, now entering week two. The airlines were well prepared for this action and the stakes for the union couldnâ€™t be higher. The airline is talking about hiring its replacement workers permanently, and it insists that it's running "adequately" without the strikers. No new talks are scheduled. If Northwest rides out the strike and succeeds in breaking the union, it could be a watershed in the history of the American labor movement, - a key event in a long string of setbacks that have weakened the role of organized workers as a political and social force in the country. Our guest, Joe Prisco from the AMFA joins us to explain.
If you were out of the country and away from news sources for the past month it is possible, though not likely, that you missed Cindy Sheehanâ€™s Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas. While Bush has refused to meet her, she hasnâ€™t escaped his attention: support for Bushâ€™s war in Iraq has plummeted, recruitment is catastrophic and even Kissinger and Chuck Hagel are comparing it to Vietnam. Tom Hayden, veteran anti-war activist joins us to discuss an exit strategy for the war NOW.
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