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President Obama has promised to "degrade and eventually destroy" the Islamic State — without sending combat troops back to Iraq.  Will training Iraqi soldiers be enough?  Is there the political will to do anything more?

Also, Russia's Valdimir Putin beefs up nuclear arsenal and condemns US aggression. On today's Talking Point, an online speech case puts the libertarian blogosphere in the federal crosshairs.

Photo: An officer from the coalition forces gives advice to Kurdish Peshmerga forces during a training session by coalition forces on how to fight street battles and defend the front lines on the outskirts of Dohuk province, June 15, 2015. (Azad Lashkari/Reuters)

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Jenny Hamel
Evan George

Putin Beefs Up Nuclear Arsenal and Condemns US Aggression 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Reported US plans to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO nations on Russia's border are being denounced by Russian officials as the most aggressive act by Washington since the Cold War. Today President Vladimir Putin said he will respond by adding 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to his nuclear arsenal. Eugene Rumer directs the Russia and Eurasia programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Guests:
Eugene Rumer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@eugene_rumer)

Iraq Makes a Comeback in Presidential Politics 32 MIN, 49 SEC

As a candidate for President in 2008, Barack Obama promised to get the US out of Iraq. He finally withdrew the last combat troops four years ago, leaving just 3500 soldiers behind. Then came ISIS, the so-called Islamic State. Now, the President is sending 450 more -- to help train Iraqis. Some critics warn against sliding into another war the US can't win. Others contend it's too little, too late — when a real offensive is needed. There's a vast range of contradictory options as another presidential campaign makes consensus a distant dream.

More:
McCain on administration announcement of additional US troops to Iraq
Rubin on need for better intelligence, expanded strikes against ISIS
Van Buren on the slippery slope of sending trainers back to Iraq
National Journal on what the US should do about ISIS

We Meant Well

Peter Van Buren

Why Is the DOJ Going After Libertarian Trolls? 10 MIN, 29 SEC

The federal government wants Reason magazine to reveal all it knows about anonymous bloggers who've attacked a federal judge. Even after Ross Ulbricht admitted running the online drug site Silk Road, Judge Katherine Forrest threw the book at him and gave him the maximum sentence of life in prison. That infuriated bloggers on the website of Reason, a libertarian magazine. "Agammamon," said, "Judges like these should be taken out back and shot." "Cloudbuster," added, "Shoot them out front, on the steps of the courthouse." Now the Justice Department has subpoenaed Reason, demanding that it turn over information on the identities of those two and four other users. Former federal prosecutor Ken White, now a defense attorney in Los Angeles, writes about First Amendment law for the blog PopeHat.com.  He calls it an attack on free speech.

Guests:
Ken White, PopeHat.com (@Popehat)

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