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?
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?
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.