This month marks the 25th anniversary of the congressional authorization of the first Gulf War. The Center for Strategic International Studies recently noted that for the U.S. it was the start of almost 25 continuous years of bombing and military engagement in Iraq. John Mearsheimer from the University of Chicago recently said that “since 2001, the U.S. has had the midas touch in reverse” when it comes to the Middle East.
Never before has a US war dragged on as long as the US deployment in Afghanistan. And for soldiers who signed up right before or right after the conflict began, that means the prospect of serving their entire 20-year commitment moving from deployment to deployment.
A manhunt is on for suspects in Monday's bombing at Bangkok’s Erawan shrine. So far, the attack killed at least 22 people and wounded over 100. As Thai citizens tried to make sense of Monday’s attack, yesterday, another bomb was thrown from a bridge in Bangkok. There were no injuries reported in the second incident. We’ll get the latest from Pailin Wedel, an independent journalist, based in Bangkok.
A Kurdish leader was arrested then released in Northern Iraq, sidelining thousands of troops. We talk to Christine Van Der Toom from Kurdistan about the impact this can have on the war with ISIS. Les Roberts also joins us on the show to talk about his work on Ebola in West Africa and Nancy Tuchman talks to us about the efforts Loyola University is doing to stay green.