FROM Scot Paltrow
Defense Department Accounting Leaves Soldiers without Pay Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously said $2.3 trillion in Pentagon spending could not be accounted for. That was before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it turns out the Pentagon can't accurately pay its soldiers in the civilian reserve or on active duty, including those wounded in combat. Sometimes they get too much, sometimes too little, and the consequences run from the irritating to the tragic. Scot Paltrow is special enterprise correspondent for Reuters News Service , reporting a series on Defense Department accounting.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.