FROM Matt Waldman
America's Prospects in Afghanistan At the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida today, President Obama upbeat about progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, but acknowledged signs of trouble. We hear from reporters on the ground and in Washington, where Middle East Commanding General David Petraeus fainted during a Senate hearing .
US Strategy in Afghanistan: Is Karzai a True Believer? President Obama told US troops in Florida today that the war in Afghanistan is going well but, in Afghanistan itself, there are signs of trouble. As the struggle for Kandahar faces delay, former aides say President Karzai has lost confidence in the US and NATO, and wants to deal with the Taliban. Pakistan's support for the Afghan Taliban is reportedly even deeper than known before. The discovery of vast mineral resources could be good news or bad. We hear from reporters on the ground and in Washington, where Middle East Commanding General David Petraeus fainted during a Senate hearing .
The Forgotten War in Afghanistan Six years after driving the Taliban from power, the Bush Administration faces the prospect of failure in Afghanistan. Levels of violence are higher than ever. Although major combat will decline during winter, suicide bombings and roadside explosions will likely continue. As winter sets in, and major combat declines, both the US and NATO are "reviewing their missions." What about corruption in local government and flagging support from the nations of Europe? We talk to a colonel who has learned the Pushtunwali —the Pushtun tribal code of honor, and whose Task Force Fury troops are building roads, schools and clinics six south-eastern provinces.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?