FROM George Joffe
Is There a Case for Military Intervention in Libya? As the international media focus on Libya's possible civil war, Moammar Gadhafi is secure in Tripoli. What has astonished one reporter is the perception of residents in the capital city, which she describes as "complete denial" that their leader's government is under any real threat at all. Vivienne Walt arrived for the latest of many visits to Tripoli this past weekend. We speak with Walt and others about the situation in Libya and the case for international military intervention.
Gadhafi, the US and the Muslim World A weekend assault by Moammar Gadhafi's forces appears to have divided Libya in half, with a stalemate that could mean prolonged civil war. But nobody seems to know just who the rebels are, where they get their weapons or what they want beyond Gadhafi's ouster. The US is in a tricky position, talking tough and creating international expectations, but lacking a strategy or the support required for intervention. Is a real humanitarian crisis unfolding? Does Gadhafi have what he needs to hold on? Should the US commit military forces in yet another Muslim country?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.