FROM Robert Dreyfuss
The Crisis in Egypt: Where Does the US Stand Now? Protests are spreading in Cairo and other cities. Workers have gone on strike—but it’s not clear if they share the goal of regime change. Do American ideals conflict with economic and political interests? Does US ambivalence demonstrate strength or fading influence in the Middle East? As the crisis in Egypt continues, can President Obama strike a balance between America’s ideal of democracy and the demands of political reality?
New Leadership, but the Same Strategy in Afghanistan In the Rose Garden today, President Obama said General Stanley McChrystal was a good soldier who was always courteous to his commander in chief. But, McChrystal's command in Afghanistan could not survive that interview with Rolling Stone magazine…
General McChrystal Is Relieved of Command General McChrystal is out as commander in Afghanistan , replaced by General David Petraeus, one of America's best-known military leaders. By trashing the President , McChrystal and his team spotlighted ongoing dispute over the War in Afghanistan. In the White House, in Congress and on the battlefield, one side supports a troop surge followed by economic development and government reform. Can Petraeus implement the President's strategy? What about those, including Vice President Biden, who warn against bogging down in an unwinnable war?
Group Studies the Way Forward on Iraq In the run-up to the November elections, Republicans have two scenarios for the war in Iraq, either "stay the course" or "cut and run." But on ABC this past Sunday, former Secretary of State James Baker said there may be what he called "alternatives" to what's "out there in the political debate." Baker is not just a long-time functionary of the first President Bush. He's head of the Iraq Study Group , a bi-partisan panel put together by Congress with reluctant approval of the current Bush White House. We hear what alternatives might be proposed by the panel--after the voting is over.
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.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?