New Drums of War in the Middle East
Listen to/Watch entire show:
With 100,000 Turkish troops massed on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan, the US is trying to avoid an explosive new conflict. We hear about increased violence, the price of oil, relations with a critical NATO ally--and US diplomacy. Also, despite a new contract, Chrysler cuts thousand of jobs, plus waterboarding and Senate confirmation.
Turkish demonstrators hold posters with pictures of Turkish soldiers who were killed by Kurdish rebels, during a protest against the US and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in front of US consulate in Istanbul, 01 November 2007. Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images
Chrysler to Cut up to 10,000 Hourly Jobs, Drop Models ()
Less than a week after Chrysler workers narrowly approved a new contract, the auto-maker said today it's cutting thousands of jobs and discontinuing several models of cars. John McElroy hosts Autoline Detroit, which appears on public television and the Speed Channel.
- John McElroy: Host, Autoline Detroit
Kurdistan: New Drums of War in the Middle East ()
The US will have to choose between its wife and its girlfriend. Will it be Turkey or Iraqi Kurdistan? Meantime, Iran is hanging around the back door. That's a crude metaphor that fits all too well with 100,000 Turkish troops on the Iraqi border in an already violent region. At stake are: stability in the only tranquil part of Iraq; US relations with a NATO ally; and the global price of crude oil. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her way to Istanbul for a conference originally called to talk about Iraq's internal security; Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki has asked Iran to help resolve the crisis; Turkey's President will meet President Bush on Monday. Can they calm an escalating crisis?
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Baghdad Deputy Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Soli Ozel: Professor of International Relations, Bilgi University
- Peter Galbraith: Senior Diplomatic Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
- Bruce Riedel: Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Mukasey Confirmation in Trouble ()
Waterboarding is an interrogation technique that simulates drowning by causing a suspect's lungs to fill up with water. Is it torture? Is it illegal? Michael Mukasey won't answer those questions and that could prevent his confirmation as Attorney General. At the conservative Heritage Foundation today, President Bush defended his nominee, saying the Senate is asking questions that are "unfair." He said Mukasey does not know the answers about waterboarding, because he has not been briefed on classified programs. Dan Eggen is Justice Department reporter for the Washington Post.
- Dan Eggen: Justice Department Reporter for the Washington Post
Engage & Discuss
BROUGHT TO YOU BY