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Episode #5410H

KQED 9: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

* Barack Obama won the White House because of his opposition to the Iraq war and his promise to bring US troops home from foreign conflicts. Nearly 6 years later, President Obama finds himself reassuring Americans that the latest war on terror against Islamic State terrorists, also known as ISIL, will not involve combat troops on the ground. In his speech to the nation on Wednesday night, the president explained that a broad, US-led coalition will execute a comprehensive strategy of systematic air strikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria. Mr. Obama's plan also includes ramping up US military assistance to help the Iraqi military and Syrian opposition forces build up their capabilities.
* Two of the biggest questions surrounding the president's comprehensive strategy: are allies ready and able to support the US plan and will Congress support the open-ended campaign against the terrorist threat and authorize the funding needed to train and equip foreign fighters?
* On the domestic front, President Obama is facing criticism over his decision to delay executive action on immigration reform until after the November elections. Immigration activists say the postponement is nothing more than a political tactic to help vulnerable Democratic senators in the midterm elections.
Joining Gwen Ifill to discuss the policy and politics surrounding President Obama's strategy to destroy ISIL and his decision to postpone action on immigration reform: Molly Ball of The Atlantic; Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico; Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post; and James Kitfield of National Journal.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 13, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5409H

KQED 9: Fri, Sep 5, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

The expanding threat of Islamic State (ISIL) extremists in Iraq and Syria and Russian President Vladimir Putin's continued aggression in Ukraine are dominating the NATO summit underway in Wales.
Following the second beheading of an American journalist at the hands of ISIL, President Obama announced that the US strategy is to build an international coalition to "degrade and destroy" the jihadist group. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said this week that more than 100 Americans are fighting with ISIL. This was the first time Hagel put an estimate on US citizens aiding the terrorist group.
Meanwhile, many NATO leaders including President Obama believe Russia should be punished for its incursion into eastern Ukraine. The United States and European Union are expected to announce new sanctions against Russia on Friday that will expand current restrictions on the country's banking, energy and defense sectors. Also, the Pentagon has announced that 200 US troops are headed to western Ukraine to participate in exercises next week. This would mark the first time American ground troops have entered Ukraine since the crisis began. < br>What role should the US and NATO play in resolving the growing threat of ISIL as well as the continuing crisis in Ukraine? Joining us with analysis of the military strategies as well as the political implications: John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times; Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News; Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy Magazine; Peter Baker of The New York Times; and John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News .

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 7, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Sep 6, 2014 -- 1:30 AM
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