FROM Tony Halpin
Russia Begins Troop Withdrawal, Leaves behind 'Peacekeepers' Military convoys are rolling out of Georgia today. The pull-back comes two weeks after thousands of troops roared into the former Soviet Republic, deeply straining relations between Russia and the West. Western leaders are adamant that Moscow remove its troops, even as the Russian parliament prepares to debate whether to recognize the independence of the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Meantime, Russians "peacekeepers" are establishing a long-term presence in those areas. Tony Halpin, Moscow Bureau Chief for the Times of London , is in the Georgian city of Gori.
Bush Promises Aid to Georgia, Talks Tough to Russia Grim-faced at the White House today, President Bush said an American plane is on its way to Georgia with relief in the aftermath of Russia's invasion. He said the Pentagon will launch a humanitarian mission involving both aircraft and Naval forces. In his statement, Bush said Russian troop movements are "inconsistent" with its commitment to a ceasefire, and demanded that Russia keep the supply lines open. Moscow has angrily denied claims that it's violated the ceasefire. Will the Pentagon's humanitarian effort require troops on the ground? Will Washington try to punish Moscow diplomatically? We look for answers and also talk with top advisors to John McCain and Barack Obama .
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The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.