FROM Kenneth Pollack
Is the U.S. Doubling Down in Iraq? In 2011, President Obama withdrew US combat forces, hoping to see the last of American involvement in Iraq. Now, he’s authorized US airstrikes against the expanding forces of the Islamic State. Is the U.S. doubling down in Iraq?
Obama Addresses Iraq, Rules Out Boots on the Ground In Iraq, volunteers are heading to defend the capital today, as the nation's top Shiite leaders used Friday prayers to call on the faithful to take up arms against radical Sunni Muslim insurgents. As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to move closer to Baghdad, the government says it's deploying more troops. In Washington, President Obama says the US won't send troops – but that he's still weighing "selective military action." He said the US will do its part to help, and to pursue intensive diplomatic efforts across the region, but that ultimately it's up to the Iraqi government to deal with the situation.
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.