FROM Milton Hoenig
Iran and the Prospect of Military Action Last week, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Bush Administration planned to attack Iran before leaving office. The White House said the story "was not worth the paper it was printed on," but Senators of both parties have been asking if there are any such plans. There's another report today that the Bush Administration plans to attack Iran, this time from the Asia Times, which cites a former assistant secretary of state saying the US plans an air strike on the headquarters of Iran's elite Quds force, which the US calls a "terrorist group." The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is " willfully uncooperative " about its nuclear program. What are the prospects—and possible consequences—of attacking Iran? Is it good diplomacy to keep "all options open?"
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.
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?
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.