FROM Chris Marvin
From War to Work: Vets, Jobs and the Stigma of the Wounded Warrior Veterans groups and at least one Republican have called the situation “a national disgrace.” President Obama has said it’s a “moral obligation” to find suitable employment for those who have served. Despite being praised as heroes, despite scores of job programs for vets, many men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan can’t find a job once they come home, or end up in lower paying jobs than they had in the military. According to the latest unemployment reports, 9-11 veterans lag behind civilians in job gains. Are potential employers turning vets away because of the stigma of the wounded warrior, or are veterans not getting the right support to help them transition into a tough job market?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?