FROM Abderrahim Foukara
Iraq News and Your Evening News The conflict in Iraq is now the third longest war in America's history. For tens of thousands of US soldiers and countless Iraqis it's a matter of life and death. But America's newspapers and broadcasters have now reduced Iraq and Afghanistan to just 3% of the stories they are reporting. Is it too dangerous for Western reporters? Is it too expensive? Conversely, has a decreased level of violence made it a non-story? Has the taxpaying, patriotic American audience lost interest? Why do the presidential primaries get so much more attention?
What's the Immediate Future of the Middle East? With the United States bogged down in Iraq, and President Bush, the Congress and leaders around the world debating the Iraq Study Group's report , there's talk that the "American era" in the Middle East has ended. Without Iraq to offset it, Iran is becoming the strongest Islamic nation—with Israel the region's other major power. We get several views on the changes to come and how they'll affect American interests. Can increased democracy counter radical Islam and be a vehicle for peace and prosperity? Should the US put less emphasis on the military and more on diplomacy?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.