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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?