FROM Manizha Naderi
What Will the US Leave Behind in Afghanistan? When the US military complained that 65 "dangerous" prisoners were released without trial, President Karzai told it to stop "harassing" Afghan courts. At the same time, Karzai is negotiating with the Taliban, creating fears of a new "war against women" after 12 years of progress. A new president, to be elected in April, might or might not reach agreement to maintain the US and other western forces beyond the end of this year. Will there still be support in this country for continued involvement after the longest war in American history?
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.