- Why Obama is seeking congressional OK for the fight against Islamic State, and what it will take to win it
The confirmed death of Kayla Mueller, another American hostage held by the Islamic State, comes as White House is reportedly preparing to ask for congressional authorization to fight the militant group. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner and political editor Lisa Desjardins join Judy Woodruff to discuss what might go into the president’s resolution. Continue reading
The leaders of France and Germany went to Kiev to discuss diplomatic solutions to the escalating war, while NATO defense ministers met in Brussels to plan how to counter Russia’s aggressive actions. The White House has debated sending weapons to aid the Ukrainian military effort, a move that other nations have discouraged but has gained support in Washington. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
With the reigniting of the war in Ukraine, Western leaders are battling over how to help end the conflict. Should the U.S. send arms to fight Russian-backed rebels? Gwen Ifill hears opposing views from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Congress has awarded the congressional gold medal to the First Special Service Force, an elite strike force of U.S. and Canadian soldiers that conducted covert operations to help liberate France and Italy during World War II.
WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans is on its way to the president for his signature.
In light of soaring health and benefit costs for members of the armed forces, a committee created to offer reforms is calling for big changes. Hari Sreenivasan examines the recommendations with Alphonso Maldon, chair of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. Continue reading
“American Sniper” has been nominated for six Academy Awards and is on track to be the biggest box-office war film ever. But the drama based on the life of a late Navy Seal, said to be the most lethal sharpshooter in U.S. military history, has rekindled debate about the Iraq war and the glorification of killing, as well as the veracity of Chris Kyle’s own account. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
The new Congress has the fewest military veterans since World War II, but recent veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are on the rise. What priorities do they bring to Capitol Hill? Judy Woodruff talks to Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former Air Force colonel and pilot, and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a retired Marine captain. Continue reading
Journalist James Fallows says it’s time to examine why the best funded, best trained and most professional military in the world hasn’t achieved lasting victory in the post-9/11 era. He joins chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner to discuss his provocative critique in The Atlantic magazine, and how the public should be more connected to American armed conflict. Continue reading