President Bush and Tony Blair are discussing the future of Iraq at a summit in Belfast today. What will happen after Saddam Hussein's regime is gone? Dr. Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, just touched down near Nasiriyah, along with a force of Iraqi soldiers. As events progress in Baghdad, an interim government for Iraq must get ready to stabilize the country. Organized at the London Conference in December, the interim government is composed of Iraqis from all ethnic groups--Kurds, Shiites, Sunnis, Chaldeans, and more. It includes Iraqis who live in Iraq, although it is composed mainly of exiles. The body will have to write a constitution within two years and hold democratic elections. Experts Basam Al-Husseini, spokesman for Iraqi-American Council, engineer, recruited by the Dept. of Defense to help re-build Iraq, and Dr. Lewis Snider, Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University join host Larry Mantle to discuss an Iraqi interim government.
The Battle for Baghdad continues, with US forces making forays into the heart of the city. Hal Kempfer, a military analyst for ABC 7 News and a Reserve Marine Lt. Colonel, joins host Larry Mantle to give an update.
Who decides which photos to use in war, and what factors do they take into account? Guest host Jon Beaupre speaks with Maryanne Golon, the picture editor at Time magazine, and Steve Stroud, deputy director of photography for the LA Times, about their work and what they consider when creating wartime photo spreads.
Following the Saddam Hussein regime, how will Iraqi combatants, some of whom may be prisoners of war, including the Fedayeen Saddam and the Republican National Guard, assimilate into the new Iraq? Joining guest host Jon Beaupre is Romesh Ratnesar, Staff Writer for Time magazine, and Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.
Guest host John Beaupre discusses urban warfare strategies and the latest on the war in Iraq with Daryl Press, assistant professor of Government at Dartmouth College. Dr. Press has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Department since 1993. He has co-authored numerous studies on U.S. military planning in the Persian Gulf region, urban warfare, and the threats posed by chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.
Larry Mantle and critics Henry Sheehan of HenrySheehan.com and the L.A. Weekly, Andy Klein of New Times and Charles Solomon, animation critic for amazon.com discuss this week's new film releases, including Phone Booth, The Good Thief, Cowboy Bebop, Levity, The Son, and Stevie.
The critics also talk about Hollywood and the war, with Charles focusing on some of the more memorable "wartoons".
Governor Davis has notified California's Indian tribes that he wants to re-negotiate the 1999 gaming compacts. Davis wants a bigger share of casino profits, in exchange for allowing the tribes to have more slot machines. Guest host Patt Morrison talks to Dave Rosenberg, Governor Davis's Director of Community and Intergovernmental Relations, and Michael Lombardy, advisor for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.
Coalition forces have taken the Saddam International Airport, and Baghdad appears to be under attack, undergoing heavy bombing. Saddam's operatives are driving through the street with loudspeakers, encouraging civilians to go the airport. It appears that the battle for Baghdad has begun. Joining guest host Patt Morrison to talk about the latest military developments is Phillip Coyle, Senior Advisor at the CDI and former Assistant Secretary for Defense at the Pentagon from 1994-2001.