FROM Rosemary Hollis
Iraq, Iran and America's Credibility Today's Washington Post reminds readers of how the " Vietnam syndrome " dogged a generation of US Presidents. Now, it reports an "Iraq syndrome" is dogging President Bush. Despite denial of any plan to invade Iraq, the administration invaded anyway, based on evidence that turned out to be false. Yesterday, he was compelled to deny speculation that he's planning for war on Iran. Two carrier task forces are threatening Iran and there's confusion about evidence that Iranian weapons are being used against US troops in Iraq. Even Republicans are skeptical about the Administration's current intentions. Allies in Europe are openly worried. What will it take to restore America's credibility?
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?