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?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.