The Iraq Study Group Puts the President's Feet to the Fire
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The Iraq Study Group says Iraq is in danger of "chaos," "anarchy" and "collapse." It proposes dramatic changes that may be difficult for President Bush to accept. We hear the early White House response and debate the recommendations. Then, by banning trans fats in restaurants, will New York City change the way America eats?
Iraq Study Group Releases Report ()
All ten members of the bipartisan panel say Iraq is sliding toward chaos, but that all is not lost. They recommend some dramatic changes, including moves President Bush has resisted, such as direct diplomacy with Iran. They want the primary mission of US forces to be training Iraqi troops, so that American combat soldiers can be withdrawn. They put a heavy burden on the Iraqis themselves to restore order and government services. Have they provided a "better way" to accomplish the President's goals or a formula for the "graceful exit" he's already rejected? We get details of the Iraq Study Group's recommendations and debate their merits.
- Michael Duffy: Assistant Managing Editor of Time magazine
- Ralph Peters: Retired US Army Intelligence Officer
- Chris Toensing: Executive Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project
- Steven Kull: Director of the University of Maryland's Program on International Policy Attitudes
- Fawaz Gerges: Visiting Professor of International Affairs at American University in Cairo
Artery-Clogging Trans Fat Banned in NYC Restaurants ()
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg scored a big victory when the Board of Health voted to phase out almost all trans fat in restaurant cooking. Banned are all but tiny amounts of trans fat in all restaurants, from McDonald's to the trendiest bistros. Health advocates see a model for the rest of the country, but restaurant owners say their customers won't like it. Across the country, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy says a national standard's been set and that other communities will follow suit.
- Thomas Lueck: Reporter for the New York Times
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