Manuel López Obrador has filled the streets of Mexico City with tens of thousands of political supporters. Now he’s threatening to use them to force a new presidential election. What are the chances of violent conflict? What are the possible consequences for the United States? Plus, more violence as Iraqis try to take charge of their security forces, and a political surprise that could be historic: former President Jimmy Carter may meet with the former President of Iran.
FROM THIS EPISODE
General George Casey, America's top military official in Iraq, said today that Iraqi security forces should be able to take over in 12 to 18 months. But Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has told the Los Angeles Times that if current levels of violence continue, the US "simply cannot achieve its goals." Patrick McDonnell is in Baghdad for the Times.
All the elements are in place for big trouble in the aftermath of Mexico's disputed presidential election. Manuel López Obrador appears to have lost to conservative Felipe Calderón, but says he'll declare himself the "legitimate" president of a "parallel" government. His claim that the official vote count was fraudulent has been rejected unanimously by the nation's top electoral court. The leftist supporters of the former Mayor of Mexico City already occupy the public venues where the conservative current president, Vicente Fox, plans traditional ceremonies on Friday. Can López Obrador make political life impossible and force another election? If Fox exerts his authority, will there be violence? What's the possible fallout North of the border?
John Lyons, Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
Adolfo Hellmund, Senior Economic Advisor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Arturo Sarukhan, Foreign Policy Advisor, Felipe Calderon
John Ackerman, National Autonomous University of Mexico (@JohnMAckerman)
Franc Contreras, freelance correspondent
Despite growing tension with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Bush Administration has issued a visa to former President Mohammad Khatami. Though he no longer speaks for Iran, Khatami's two-week visit will demonstrate America's tradition of free speech--which does not exist in Iran itself. How long will he be here? Who will he see? What's the reaction of Iranians who fled their country to live in the US? Shaul Bakhash is a former journalist who left Iran in 1980.
Shaul Bakhash, Professor of Middle East History, George Mason University
More From To the Point
Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration EPA Director Scott Pruitt is undergoing an ethics investigation, but his Obama-Era predecessor, Gina McCarthy, says the real scandal is that he “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” We’ll also tackle the backlash against fired FBI Director James Comey. Can his credibility survive angry public exchanges with President Trump?
The internet, privacy and data protection Mark Zuckerberg survived this week’s Congressional grilling. But Facebook still profits on free information: yours and mine. Three experts on big data explain how it works and lay out the risks as well as the benefits. Also, a veteran of Washington’s war games says President Trump is right to want U.S. troops out of Syria
Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century President Trump and Kim Jong Un have revived fears about weapons of mass destruction. But “tactical” nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield are still around, too. Is President Trump--like Barack Obama before him--relaying on a World War II technology ill-adapted to modern threats like cyber warfare? Would the use of low-level nukes inevitably escalate into an all-out atomic warfare? Also, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on his new TV miniseries “The Looming Tower” about the FBI, the CIA and September 11th.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Mayor Garcetti on homelessness and his political future LA Mayor Eric Garcetti stopped by KCRW’s studios to talk about his call to end homelessness and what that looks like. He wants to put emergency shelters in every council… Read More
Why is it so hard to turn left in Los Angeles? As anyone sitting in traffic right now can attest, Southern California has its own driving culture — we have our own etiquette, and tricks for dealing with traffic. And then… Read More
What’s the deal with driverless cars? They could be cruising around LA by 2020 — or sooner While there aren’t any fully-functioning driverless cars out and about in the U.S. (not legally-operated ones, anyway), that reality might not be too far off in Beverly Hills, where autonomous… Read More