The key to achieving the American dream is often said to be Positive Thinking, but Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book argues that “Positive Thinking has Undermined America.” Was the current financial collapse the result of self-delusion from the top to the bottom? Also, NATO supports a new strategy for Afghanistan, and the passenger jet that overshot its destination by more 100 miles. Were the pilots distracted or asleep?
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As President Obama reviews his strategy for Afghanistan, NATO defense ministers today appeared to endorse the plan laid out by General Stanley McChrystal, who wants another 40,000 American troops. Nick Childs is Defense and Security Correspondent for the BBC.
Nick Childs, Defense and Security Correspondent, BBC
Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking can lead to better health, prosperity and success. In recent years, that idea has been turned into a "minor industry." But has too much positive thinking made us blind to the realities of disease, economic insecurity and the prospect of failure? "The official belief that things are good and going to get better" helped cause September 11, miscalculations about Iraq and the current financial disaster. That's according to a new book that calls positive thinking a form of "mass delusion." We talk with author Barbara Ehrenreich and others.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author, 'Bright-sided'
John Assaraf, life coach and motivational speaker
Adam Michaelson, former Senior VP of Marketing, Countrywide Mortgage
Robert Biswas-Diener, Instructor in Psychology, Portland State University
A Northwest Airlines flight from San Diego to Minneapolis-St. Paul overshot its destination by more than 100 miles. It landed safely, with 149 passengers aboard, but it's still not clear what happened. Out of contact with air controllers for 78 minutes, the pilots insist they were distracted by a heated conversation, but the FBI and others aren't so sure. Andy Pasztor reports for the Wall Street Journal.
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