BTS 8/29/05: Bolton's UN "Reforms"; Northwest Strike; Exit Strategy For Iraq

Listen: Ian Williams - Joe Prisco - Tom Hayden

Bolton’s recess appointment, as Ian Williams writes, was greeted by his supporters on the far right as if he were Wyatt Earp coming to clean up Tombstone. Now we know just how clean – Bolton has demanded 750 changes to the UN reorganization draft document, and for students of the Bush administration's foreign policy, this is an essential text. The hundreds of deletions and insertions represent an annotated map to Washington's disagreements with most of the rest of the world on just about every global issue imaginable. I’ve invited Ian Williams, The Nation’s UN Correspondent, to fill us in.

We then turn to the Northwest Airlines Mechanics strike, now entering week two. The airlines were well prepared for this action and the stakes for the union couldn’t be higher. The airline is talking about hiring its replacement workers permanently, and it insists that it's running "adequately" without the strikers. No new talks are scheduled. If Northwest rides out the strike and succeeds in breaking the union, it could be a watershed in the history of the American labor movement, - a key event in a long string of setbacks that have weakened the role of organized workers as a political and social force in the country. Our guest, Joe Prisco from the AMFA joins us to explain.

If you were out of the country and away from news sources for the past month it is possible, though not likely, that you missed Cindy Sheehan’s Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas. While Bush has refused to meet her, she hasn’t escaped his attention: support for Bush’s war in Iraq has plummeted, recruitment is catastrophic and even Kissinger and Chuck Hagel are comparing it to Vietnam. Tom Hayden, veteran anti-war activist joins us to discuss an exit strategy for the war NOW.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Ian Williams is the Nation’s UN Correspondent and appears everywhere on broadcast and in print trying to explain US foreign policy, with an emphasis on the UN. His latest book The Deserter: Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past was published by Nation Books July 2004. His first, The Alms Trade was published in 1989 and his second, The UN For Beginners, was published in 1995. Nation Books this summer has published Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776, which Kirkus Reviews calls “rambunctious, rollicking history, sodden with tasty lore. “

2. Joseph Prisco is the President of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 9 in San Francisco. He has been an UAL employee since 1988. He is very active with the National strategy for getting support from other Unions and Labor activists as well as one of several primary spokespersons for AMFA related news and events.

3.Tom Hayden, the Nation Institute's Carey McWilliams Fellow, has played an active role in American politics and history for over three decades, beginning with the student, civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. Hayden was elected to the California State Legislature in 1982, where he served for ten years in the Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 1992, where he served eight years.

He is author of over 175 measures ranging from reform of money in politics, worker safety, school decentralization, small business tax relief, domestic violence, lessening gang violence in the inner city, stopping student fee increases at universities, protecting endangered species like salmon, overhauling three strikes laws, and a measure signed into law that will assist Holocaust survivors in receiving recognition and compensation for having been exploited as slave labor during the Nazi era.

Hayden is the author of eleven books, including his autobiography, Reunion; a book on the spirituality and the environment, Lost Gospel of the Earth; a collection of essays on the aftermath of the Irish potato famine, Irish Hunger (Roberts Rhinehart) and a book on his Irish background, Irish on the Inside: In Search of the Soul of Irish America (Verso).