FROM Sig Christenson
Bowe Bergdahl Back on Duty In 2009, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban. He was freed May 31st of this year, in exchange for five Taliban suspects. Since then Bergdahl has been called a hero, then a traitor and a deserter. Now he’s back on active duty at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, but reportedly refusing to speak to his family. What’s going on with Bergdahl?
More Details Emerge on Mass Shooting at Fort Hood Yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood left thirteen dead and dozens wounded. The suspect in the killings is Major Nadal Malik Hasan, who reportedly had complained of harassment for being a Muslim and had hired a lawyer to help get him out of the military. Sig Christenson has been covering the story for the San Antonio Express-News .
Bush Speech Caps Week of Iraq Testimony President Bush today accepted the recommendations of General David Petraeus. The draw-down of troops from Iraq will stop when the "surge" ends in July. Democratic leaders of Congress said, "He's just dragging this out, leaving a failed war and a failed economy on the doorstep of the next president." Because of strains on the troops, Mr. Bush also reduced tours of duty from 15 months to 12, but that won't start until August. We talk with soldiers about the state of morale after six years of war. What do multiple tours on the front lines mean for their families? What about recruitment, retention and readiness to meet future contingencies?
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?
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.
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.