Friday, March 20, 2009

The 6th Anniversary of the Iraq War

Yesterday marked one of those milestones we had hoped never to see, and were told would not happen. When the Bush administration waged war on Iraq, they told us it would be quick and easy. But yesterday marked the 6th anniversary of the start of the war, which is still claiming innocent lives.

On my Air America show, I spoke with a few guests about the day. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has been one of the most outspoken critics of the war since an impassioned speech on the floor of the House in October of 2002, and never wavered from his call for a Department of Peace. I was honored to speak with him yesterday. You can listen to our conversation here.

Then-President George W. Bush pulled out all the stops six years ago to convince us that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat to our safety, and that Iraq had caches of Weapons of Mass Destruction pointed at our collective heads. Of course, we know now that much of the intelligence was twisted to suit W's needs, or just fabricated.

Scott Ritter was a UN weapons inspector in Iraq for seven years, and his appearance on the show yesterday is a must-listen. You can hear it here.

Of course, the big story of the week continues to be AIG and the massive, obscene "retention bonuses" some of its executives received. On Wednesday, I called for the names of these bonus recipients, noting that once their names are made public, they'd be shamed into returning the money. At that same time, Congressman Barney Frank was telling AIG CEO Liddy that he wanted the names, which all got my creative juices flowing for some fun with The Name Game.

Today, we'll lighten up a bit, and celebrate Women's History Month with Amy Simon, whose critically acclaimed Cheerios in My Underwear is the longest-running solo show in Los Angeles.

And lots more, but you'll have to tune in to from noon-3pm (EDT) to listen!

And some good news... I'll be holding down the noon-3 slot on Air America next week too! Thanks for listening!