Deadly Shooting, Obama Foreign Policy and Edward Snowden

One week after Elliot Rodger's deadly attacks near the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara, the country grieves, tries to figure out what went wrong and how to prevent such deaths in the future. Rich Lowry suggests it's more about how we treat mental illness than gun control or sexism. In a series of announcements this week, President Barack Obama marks a significant shift in foreign policy -- draw down our forces in Afghanistan from approximately 30,000 troops to just under 10,000 by the end of the year, and pull out all except embassy-related security by the end of his term. Finally, guest host Josh Barro challenges the panel to not call Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor when talking about his big interview.

Joshua Barro (New York Times) moderates from the Center. On the Left, Robert Scheer (  Rich Lowry (National Review) is on the Right. Special guest, Dahlia Lithwick (



Banner image: West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen briefs President Barack Obama prior to the US Military Academy at West Point commencement in West Point, New York, May 28, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza