The Alyona Show: Same Strategy, Same Problems

 Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to leave Washington May 14 after a week full of meetings, dinners, and garden strolls with top ranking Obama Administration officials, and of course, Obama himself. The two presidents issued a joint statement of their renewed commitment to the solid, broad and enduring strategic partnership between the two countries, and left all of the recent bickering aside. But no long-term plan has been set forth for Afghanistan. So was this trip all photo ops and no realism? Alyona talks to Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell.

The debate over Arizona's new law banning ethnic studies classes has been heating up. Tom Horne, the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction has been pushing for this law for years, but in a televised debate on CNN, he tried to use a historic icon from the civil rights movement for his purposes: Martin Luther King. Alyona and Georgetown University professor Christopher Chambers discuss.

Then, news came out that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is launching an investigation into eight banks to determine whether they provided misleading information to rating agencies in order to inflate the grades of certain mortgage securities. Did they dupe them? While the economy seems to be on the way up, the practices of Wall Street are daily coming under more intense scrutiny.

Finally, since 9/11, it's safe to say that politicians have had a field day taking away basic rights of the American citizenry. Under the auspices of fear, it seems like anything goes. and even though the Bush administration has been deeply criticized for their illegal wiretapping policy, it's not like anything has stopped with Obama in charge. Now there is an assassination program aimed at US citizens, discussion on abandoning Miranda protections, stripping Americans of their citizenship, and legislation introduced to bar all terrorism suspects, including Americans, from being tried in civilian courts. So how did it get to this point? Alyona and Peter Loge, principal at Milo Public Affairs, discuss.