FROM Paul McLeary
Trump gives Mattis authority on Afghanistan troop levels During his campaign, Donald Trump said American generals were not being listened to, and he vowed to give them increased authority. Now, he’s given Defense Secretary — and former General — James Mattis unilateral command of the action in Afghanistan. Paul McLeary, who covers national security and the Pentagon for Foreign Policy , assesses the role of additional US troops and what "winning" might mean.
Unmanned Drones and "Collateral Damage" Drones have become a hallmark of the Obama Administration's assault against suspected terrorists all over the world, including in countries where the US is not officially at war. They're operated from a base in Nevada, and the President insists they accidentally kill fewer civilians than conventional airstrikes. But available numbers show it's exactly the other way around, and the White House has yet to make good on the promise to be more transparent. We hear what it's like to be on the "kill list, and talk to a former bomber pilot who's also operated drones.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?