When it comes to the Iraq war, President Bush says he is the only "decider." But even Republicans disagree. Can the Congress tell the President what to do? Can either party agree on what that should be? Plus, arrest warrants are issued for US agents accused by Germany of "extraordinary rendition." (An expanded version of these two discussions was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
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A German court has issued arrest warrants for 13 Americans, thought to be CIA agents or contract operatives. The case involves "extraordinary rendition," in which American agents seize terror suspects in a foreign country and transport them to a third country for interrogation. US insistence that they have not been tortured has been met with great skepticism. The 13 warrants were issued in the case of a German citizen seized in Macedonia. We hear more from Jane Mayer, who's written on the story for The New Yorker, and Jumana Musa, an attorney with Amnesty International.
President Bush says he's "the decider" when it comes to Iraq, but even many Republicans disagree. While such dissent has generated a raging battle in Washington over the Constitutional separation of powers, what clearly matters most to both parties is politics. For the moment, Senate Democrats are unified behind a resolution criticizing the increase of troops in Iraq. Republicans are divided over at least five different measures, amid predictions that their party will be politically damaged for generations. If Democrats don't come up with a more acceptable alternative for Iraq, will they still be able to capitalize politically? We get perspective from Democratic consultant Doug Schoen and Republican strategist John McLaughlin. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)