FROM Ronald Bruce St. John
Anti-American Violence, Policy Challenges in the Presidential Race Tuesday, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed by an armed mob in Libya. Today, protests continue at US outposts elsewhere in the Muslim world. The US embassy in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, is described as an armed fortress inside several zones of protection. But protesters penetrated the boundaries today and attacked the building itself. We talk with reporters, diplomats, pollsters and others about anti-Americanism, its roots and its consequences.
Violence against America in the Muslim World US Marines have arrived in Libya and FBI agents are on their way in the aftermath of the armed attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Libya has arrested four people and says others are under surveillance, but why did the attack occur where the US is popular for liberating the country? In the meantime, protesters are outside embassies in Cairo and Yemen's capital, Sana'a, and there's growing concern about protecting American personnel. We hear that anti-American anger goes well beyond spontaneous outrage over a crude and blasphemous film.
The Death of Moammar Gadhafi The dictator who terrorized Libya for 42 years was killed today, shot while trying to escape rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte. Since rebel forces deposed Moammar Gadhafi two months ago, he’s been on the run. Today, al Jazeera TV aired gruesome footage of armed men dragging a wounded, bloody person said to be Gadhafi. A separate clip showed his half-naked corpse, apparently shot in the head. When the Transitional National Council confirmed that he was dead, Libyans danced in the streets. We hear reaction from Tripoli, Tunesia, Qattar and Washington, DC.
The Death of Moammar Gadhafi Since rebel forces deposed Moammar Gadhafi two months ago, he's been on the run. Today, al Jazeera TV aired gruesome footage of armed men dragging a wounded and bloody person said to be Gadhafi in his hometown of Sirte. Although much of the world has already recognized the Transitional National Council as Libya's new government, even with the death today of the mercurial leader, Libya is not a unified country. What's next for an oil-rich nation divided by tribal and sectarian rivalries, where the potential outcomes range from democracy to civil war?
Arab Upheaval: Can Iran Take Advantage? Secretary of State Clinton today denounced Libya's Moammar Gadhafi for using " mercenaries and thugs " against his own people. She said the US is considering "every option." Meantime, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was scheduled to visit the White House.
Gadhafi Facing Setbacks at Home and Abroad Moammar Gadhafi continues to hold out in Tripoli, and the United States says no option is "off the table." Secretary of State Clinton today denounced the Libyan leader for using " mercenaries and thugs " against his own people. Meantime, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was scheduled to visit the White House. But, while unanimously approving tough sanctions , the UN Security Council has banned intervention. It's unclear if Lybia faces civil war, or what the country might look like after Gadhafi. The so-called “Arab Spring” has led to regime change in Egypt and high anxiety in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. What does that mean for American interests?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.