FROM Robert Dreyfuss
The Crisis in Egypt: Where Does the US Stand Now? Protests are spreading in Cairo and other cities. Workers have gone on strike—but it’s not clear if they share the goal of regime change. Do American ideals conflict with economic and political interests? Does US ambivalence demonstrate strength or fading influence in the Middle East? As the crisis in Egypt continues, can President Obama strike a balance between America’s ideal of democracy and the demands of political reality?
New Leadership, but the Same Strategy in Afghanistan In the Rose Garden today, President Obama said General Stanley McChrystal was a good soldier who was always courteous to his commander in chief. But, McChrystal's command in Afghanistan could not survive that interview with Rolling Stone magazine…
General McChrystal Is Relieved of Command General McChrystal is out as commander in Afghanistan , replaced by General David Petraeus, one of America's best-known military leaders. By trashing the President , McChrystal and his team spotlighted ongoing dispute over the War in Afghanistan. In the White House, in Congress and on the battlefield, one side supports a troop surge followed by economic development and government reform. Can Petraeus implement the President's strategy? What about those, including Vice President Biden, who warn against bogging down in an unwinnable war?
Group Studies the Way Forward on Iraq In the run-up to the November elections, Republicans have two scenarios for the war in Iraq, either "stay the course" or "cut and run." But on ABC this past Sunday, former Secretary of State James Baker said there may be what he called "alternatives" to what's "out there in the political debate." Baker is not just a long-time functionary of the first President Bush. He's head of the Iraq Study Group , a bi-partisan panel put together by Congress with reluctant approval of the current Bush White House. We hear what alternatives might be proposed by the panel--after the voting is over.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.