FROM Jon Soltz
On the Sixth Anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq After six years of deadly violence and the expenditure of tens of billions of dollars, the war in Iraq appears to be winding down. But, on this sixth anniversary of the invasion, what about the Americans who've made the biggest sacrifices of all, the military veterans and their families? The Pentagon has revised one it its most controversial policies, that of " stop-loss ," under which soldiers who believe they are going to leave the military must continue to serve. Jon Soltz is chairman of VoteVets.org, a leading progressive group of military veterans.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?