FROM Scott Althaus
Obama, Libya's Gadhafi and America's Use of Force In last night's televised address to the nation, President Obama said Moammar Gadhafi threatened a "massacre" in rebel-held Benghazi that would have "stained the conscience of the world." He said the US had a "unique ability to stop the violence… an international mandate…and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves…"
Obama, Libya's Gadhafi and America's Use of Force Government forces and Libyan rebels traded rocket fire today as Moammar Gadhafi continued to defy international demands for a cease-fire. Hillary Clinton is in London with more than 40 nations and international groups making plans for non-military efforts at rebel support and regime change. Last night, in a televised address , President Obama laid out what's being called a new "doctrine." He said the US had a "unique ability to stop the violence, an international mandate and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves." He also said removing Gadhafi by force is not an option, even though regime change is Administration policy. Is this selective use of American power really a "doctrine?" Does it give Gadhafi a chance to stay? Is it abandonment of strong leadership or a prudent adjustment to an increasingly complex world?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
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.