Spain Ousts Conservative Government

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If al Qaeda is responsible for last week-s deadly bombing in Madrid which killed 200 people, could its militants claim to have caused the political upset which replaced the Conservative Party Prime Minister with newly elected socialist leader Jos- Luis Rodriguez Zapatero? Although Jos- Mar-a Aznar was expected to maintain power, there was growing perception that he sought to exploit the bombings by blaming the Basque separatist group ETA. Today, Zapatero declared Spain-s participation in the war in Iraq a total error, and said that if the United Nations did not take control of Iraq, that Spanish troops would return home on June 30. Guest host Jim Moret looks at Spain's political shake-up, and its implications for the United States with journalists and a former Pentagon official.
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Tonight's program is an abbreviated version of one originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.
Guest host Jim Moret has had an extensive career in both local and national television news reporting over the past 20 years, including nearly a decade at CNN. Recently, he appeared in the film A Mighty Wind and the TV dramas The Practice and The West Wing. A member of the California bar since 1981, he is currently a visiting professor at UCLA in the Department of Communication Studies.

Spain's Conservative Party (in Spanish)

Spain's Socialist Party (in Spanish)

Pingree's article on Spanish election upset

Monitor story on Spanish investigation into responsibility for terrorist attacks

UN on Iraq


CalTech's news release on discovery of new planetoid


Warren Olney

Frances Anderton