FROM Saeed Shah
Taliban Attack on Pakistan School Leaves More than 140 Dead The Taliban has claimed responsibility the assassination of at least 141 people at a school run by the military in Pakistan's Northwest frontier. Secretary of State John Kerry decried the atrocity , "The images are absolutely gut-wrenching – young children, carried away in ambulances, a teacher burned alive, in front of her students. A house of learning turned into a house of unspeakable horror. Prime Minister Sharif said, ‘These are my children, this is my loss.' Well this morning, wherever you are, wherever you live, those are our children." Saeed Shah, Pakistan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal , joins us from Islamabad.
US Unveils Large Aid Package to Win Pakistani Hearts Secretary of State Clinton today unveiled a massive new aid package designed to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, before moving on to Afghanistan for the largest international conference in that country in more than three decades. The Bush Administration funneled enormous amounts of aid to Pakistan when the military was running that country. That focus was the cause of resentment, which the Obama Administration has vowed to overcome. Saeed Shah is special correspondent in Islamabad for the McClatchy Newspapers .
NATO and Afghan Forces Go on Offensive in Helmand Province A joint NATO-Afghan military operation appears to be succeeding in pushing Taliban fighters from their strongholds in Helmand Province bringing the areas back under Afghan government control. But the operation suffered a setback on Sunday when rockets fired by coalition troops killed 12 civilians. Saeed Shah is in Kabul for McClatchy Newspapers .
Afghanistan, Pakistan and American Security With the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan at his side, President Obama today promised increased military and civilian aid to both countries. But do Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari still have the confidence of their own people -- or the Obama administration? What about Pakistan's nuclear weapons?
Afghanistan, Pakistan and American Security Two years ago, Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai refused to shake hands with General Pervez Musharaff. At the White House today, two beleaguered presidents signed a trade agreement while looking over their shoulders at troubles back home. In Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari's peace deal with the Taliban has unraveled and 500,000 people are on the run. In Afghanistan, Karzai faces an upcoming election as civilian casualties mount from efforts to hold back Taliban forces there. Does either leader still have the confidence of his own people — or the Obama administration? What about Pakistan's nuclear weapons?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.