Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – December 3, 2006

This week on Sunday Salon…

In our first hour…

Former CIA director Robert Gates is President Bush’s choice to take over
for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who resigned earlier this month.
Ahead of confirmation hearings in before the Senate Armed Services
Committee, we’ll take a look at what the new Defense Secretary faces — an
increasingly chaotic Iraq, a possible U.S. attack on Iran, and growing
public dissatisfaction with the Bush Administration’s handling of security
matters.

Our guests:

Reese Erlich, journalist who writes on the Middle East, and co-author of
"Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You," just returned from
Iraq and Iran.

John Prados, is a senior fellow at the Naitonal Security Archives in
Washington, and author of the book, "Hoodwinked: The Documents That
Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War."

Winslow Wheeler is the Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at
the Center for Defense Information.

And in our second hour…

The State of California seized control of the Oakland Unified School
District from the school board in 2003, in an attempt to pull the district
out of debt. Many educators, parents and students resent the state’s
control, and question its administration of the district. Next Saturday,
the Oakland Education Association convenes the "Crisis in Public
Education" Conference at Laney College. We’ll talk with students and
conference participants.

Confirmed Guest: Betty Olson-Jones, OEA President

Invited: Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor, education writer, Berkeley Daily Planet

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