FROM Les Carpenter
Millions of Tax Payers Dollars Spent on Pro-Sports Patriotism Elaborate celebrations of America’s military are common at professional sports events. It turns out that the leagues are being paid by the Pentagon -- with your money. Arizona’s Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are staunch conservatives. McCain was a POW during the war in Vietnam. But he and Flake have released a report harshly critical of the Pentagon’s spending of taxpayer money to pay for patriotism. We hear more from Les Carpenter, who writes about sports for the Guardian US .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.