FROM Craig Unger
Iraq, Iran and America's Credibility Today's Washington Post reminds readers of how the " Vietnam syndrome " dogged a generation of US Presidents. Now, it reports an "Iraq syndrome" is dogging President Bush. Despite denial of any plan to invade Iraq, the administration invaded anyway, based on evidence that turned out to be false. Yesterday, he was compelled to deny speculation that he's planning for war on Iran. Two carrier task forces are threatening Iran and there's confusion about evidence that Iranian weapons are being used against US troops in Iraq. Even Republicans are skeptical about the Administration's current intentions. Allies in Europe are openly worried. What will it take to restore America's credibility?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.