Thursday, June 5, 2008 | Categories: Episodes
It's Thursday, June 5th.
Prominent Democrats are encouraging Hillary Clinton to accept defeat and reconcile with Barack Obama.
Currently, It's going to take a truly united party to come up with a way to lose this fall's Presidential election.
This is The Current.
That was the scene outside yesterday. Hundreds of angry GM workers began protesting outside General Motors' Canadian head office in Oshawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, when GM announced plans to shut down four plants in North America, including its pickup truck factory in Oshawa. GM said the decision would eliminate a thousand jobs in Oshawa. The Canadian Auto Workers Union said the number would be closer to 2,600.
Canadian Auto Workers and GM Layoffs
Debating the Decision To Invade Iraq
Supporter - Douglas Feith
In the years following the American invasion of Iraq, a slow but steady parade of former Bush Administration officials lined up to issue mea culpas about the war. Some said the evidence they were given was flawed. Others said the execution of the war was to blame. A few said the administration was just plain wrong.
But that's not how Douglas Feith sew it. He was the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the number three official in the Pentagon. He was closely involved in the Bush Administration's response to 9/11. He was a key architect of the war in Iraq. And despite everything, he stands by the decisions the administration made in his book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism. He joined us from just outside Washington, DC.
Opponent - Lawrence Wilkerson
While Douglas Feith was at the Pentagon, Lawrence Wilkerson was across the Potomic at the State Department. He was Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2005, and he came to some drastically different conclusions about the Bush Administration's record from those years. Lawrence Wilkerson spoke to us from Washington.
Listen to Part Two:
We read some listener mail, with the help of this week's Friday host Linden McIntyre. To discuss what Canada can and should do for its citizens jailed abroad, we were joined from Vancouver by Don DeVoretz, a professor of economics who works on immigration and citizenship issues at Simon Fraser University.
Last Word - Assassination of Robert Kennedy
We played some audio of Robert Kennedy speaking in 1965 about the escalating violence in Vietnam. June 5, 2008 was the 40th anniversary of his assassination. We closed the show with Gil Troy, a history professor at McGill University and his thoughts on Robert Kennedy's legacy.
Listen to Part Three: