FROM Caroline Wadhams
President Obama Claims Progress in Afghanistan After the much-awaited White House review , President Obama said today that gains in Afghanistan are "fragile" but real. He still hopes to begin a so-called "conditions-based" withdrawal in July of next year.
President Obama Claims Progress in Afghanistan Having sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, President Obama conceded today that progress is "fragile." He still thinks withdrawal can begin next July, but also said the war is moving into what he called a "new phase," and that US combat forces will remain until December, 2014. Intelligence estimates say the fight will be harder than the Pentagon claims, with Pakistan refusing to shut down Taliban sanctuaries across the border. A new poll shows that 60 percent of Americans don't think the war is worth fighting. We hear how the President defines his goals as well as his strategy.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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.