FROM Matt Waldman
America's Prospects in Afghanistan At the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida today, President Obama upbeat about progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, but acknowledged signs of trouble. We hear from reporters on the ground and in Washington, where Middle East Commanding General David Petraeus fainted during a Senate hearing .
US Strategy in Afghanistan: Is Karzai a True Believer? President Obama told US troops in Florida today that the war in Afghanistan is going well but, in Afghanistan itself, there are signs of trouble. As the struggle for Kandahar faces delay, former aides say President Karzai has lost confidence in the US and NATO, and wants to deal with the Taliban. Pakistan's support for the Afghan Taliban is reportedly even deeper than known before. The discovery of vast mineral resources could be good news or bad. We hear from reporters on the ground and in Washington, where Middle East Commanding General David Petraeus fainted during a Senate hearing .
The Forgotten War in Afghanistan Six years after driving the Taliban from power, the Bush Administration faces the prospect of failure in Afghanistan. Levels of violence are higher than ever. Although major combat will decline during winter, suicide bombings and roadside explosions will likely continue. As winter sets in, and major combat declines, both the US and NATO are "reviewing their missions." What about corruption in local government and flagging support from the nations of Europe? We talk to a colonel who has learned the Pushtunwali —the Pushtun tribal code of honor, and whose Task Force Fury troops are building roads, schools and clinics six south-eastern provinces.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.