Since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule two weeks ago, the U.S. has struggled to stabilize this key ally in the war on terror. Can the U.S. cut aid without pushing Pakistan to the brink of chaos? Also tonight, Los Angeles County tries to give extra help to the fifty most vulnerable homeless people on downtown’s Skid Row.
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Los Angeles County is considering a program to place some of the most vulnerable of the homeless on Skid Row into permanent housing. With an estimated 70,000 people living in the streets, how should the county choose who gets the most services, and will this program really help alleviate the suffering?
Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Pakistan has long presented a vexing policy conundrum for the US. Its nuclear-weapons lab leaked technology to Iran and North Korea and al Qaeda's leaders have taken refuge in its tribal lands. Washington played down those problems as long as it had a stable alliance with Islamabad. But since President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule two weeks ago, the US has struggled to stabilize this key ally in the war on terror, urging a return to civilian rule while risking instability that could aid terrorists. Musharraf has remained defiant in his grip on power despite a visit by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, who also met with opposition politicians, in a search for political alternatives. With whom did he speak and, at this point, can the US really help them? Can the US cut aid without pushing Pakistan to the brink of chaos?
Graham Usher, Freelance journalist
Hasan-Askari Rizvi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Punjab
Paula Newberg, Georgetown University
Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution (@MichaelEOHanlon)