FROM Richard Dekmejian
Is It Time to Change Course in Iraq after All? It's been another bloody day in Iraq with at least 24 civilians killed in a suicide bombing in Mosul; 73 Americans have been killed already this month, which is on the way to becoming the worst month for US casualties in more than two years. US commanders said today that violence in Baghdad has increased since 12,000 joint US-Iraqi troops were deployed in August and that Operation Together Forward will have to be revised. Increasing numbers of Republicans say it's time for a change. We get an update from Baghdad on increased violence and US impatience with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and hear from Iraq's Ambassador to the UN about his government's plans to disarm sectarian militias and stop the death squads. Should Syria and Iran be asked to help restore order? Is it time for a phased withdrawal?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."