FROM Mansoor Ijaz
The US and Pakistan in the War on Terror Standing at the White House with President Pervez Musharraf today, President Bush said he was "taken aback" to learn that a US official threatened Pakistan after September 11. Despite that warm embrace, there are serious questions about what's been called a crucial alliance in the war against terror. Afghanistan has complained that Pakistan's recent deal with tribal leaders is a green light for the Taliban. Musharraf took power in a military coup and he's now caught between a drive for westernization and Islamic extremism. Pakistan is getting massive amounts of American aid, but will his divided country allow Musharraf to be a reliable partner?
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.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?