FROM Sig Christenson
Bowe Bergdahl Back on Duty In 2009, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban. He was freed May 31st of this year, in exchange for five Taliban suspects. Since then Bergdahl has been called a hero, then a traitor and a deserter. Now he’s back on active duty at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, but reportedly refusing to speak to his family. What’s going on with Bergdahl?
More Details Emerge on Mass Shooting at Fort Hood Yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood left thirteen dead and dozens wounded. The suspect in the killings is Major Nadal Malik Hasan, who reportedly had complained of harassment for being a Muslim and had hired a lawyer to help get him out of the military. Sig Christenson has been covering the story for the San Antonio Express-News .
Bush Speech Caps Week of Iraq Testimony President Bush today accepted the recommendations of General David Petraeus. The draw-down of troops from Iraq will stop when the "surge" ends in July. Democratic leaders of Congress said, "He's just dragging this out, leaving a failed war and a failed economy on the doorstep of the next president." Because of strains on the troops, Mr. Bush also reduced tours of duty from 15 months to 12, but that won't start until August. We talk with soldiers about the state of morale after six years of war. What do multiple tours on the front lines mean for their families? What about recruitment, retention and readiness to meet future contingencies?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
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?