The Last Presidential Debate

If you watched the final debate of the 2012 presidential election last night you know the topic was foreign policy and the stakes couldn’t have been higher. I took part in HuffPost Live’s After Party to discuss how President Obama and Gov. Romney did. Check out the conversation here and watch the analysis below:

Advertisements

PTSDrone

Who doesn’t know that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a growing problem among troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan? I’ve written about the toll combat stress has taken on women warriors back from the post-9/11 wars and how what was once known as “shell shock” still haunts World War II veterans.

But today I went on HuffPost Live with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to talk about a new kind of combat stress: the toll on U.S.-based crews who remotely control drones thousands of miles away from the physical battlefield. They may get to go home to their families at night but the stress on these airmen is just as serious.

Read about the segment here and see what others are saying here.

And be sure to check out my perspective as a reporter who went to Utah to interview the surviving crew of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, and more recently to Colorado to talk to the next generation of drone pilots at the Air Force Academy.

Wisconsin Brownout: Politics After The Sikh Temple Shooting

In the days following the shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple, neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney visited the families of the victims. As HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin noted, this kind of political inattention can perpetuate Islamophobia and racism against brown people. Check out the conversation and read deeper here. And watch the segment below:

Dems Are The New Hawks

Dems Are The New Hawks

Since the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama and his fellow Democrats have touted their foreign defense strength — a big change given Republicans’ traditional strength in that area.

In this recent segment of HuffPost Live, I speak with host Marc Lamont Hill about the new hawkishness in the Democratic Party and whether that will help them win in November. Given that the third presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney will focus on foreign policy, this couldn’t be more relevant.

Mormon Moment Delayed

Here is another segment I did during the inaugural week of HuffPost Live back in August.

The discussion with hosts Abby Huntsman and Marc Lamont Hill focused on religion, specifically the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While considerable attention has been devoted to Mitt Romney’s tax returns and his former company, Bain Capital, we talked about why there had been less focus on the faith of the nation’s first Mormon major party nominee for president.

You can read related articles and see what the HuffPost Liev community had to say here. Or just watch the segment below:

Spying From A “Balloon”

Spying From A “Balloon”

Surveillance balloons like those used in Iraq and Afghanistan may soon help patrol our borders. The technology could be effective but at what cost to our privacy?

That was the topic of a recent HuffPost Live segment that I did from the New York studio with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin and guests. Watch it here:

Explore more and hear what members of the HuffPost Live community had to see here.