Sunday Talks - June 5, 2011

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Nancy PelosiThis week on CBS’s Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer will host House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – CA).  Representative Pelosi will discuss the current congressional debate over raising the debt ceiling.

The United States government reached its debt ceiling on May 16, 2011.  As a result, the government is no longer able to meet its financial obligations, requiring Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to enact “extraordinary measures” to prevent the government from going into default.  Currently, Republicans who control the House of Representatives are demanding that any increase in the debt ceiling be accompanied by drastic spending cuts.  Meanwhile, the absolute deadline of August 2nd approaches rapidly, after which the government will officially be in default, a fact which would likely spark a worldwide financial panic that could cauHaley Barbourse the world’s economies to fall deep into a depression.

Mr. Schieffer will also interview Governor Haley Barbour (R – MS) who will discuss the current and potential field of candidates vying for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.  Back in April, Governor Barbour, beset by controversy surrounding insensitive racial remarks, officially declared he would not be running for President himself.  In the wake of other temporary candidates like Donald Trump also declaring their non-candidacy and the strangely popular Sarah Palin touring the country in a bus while refusing to announce her candidacy, a clear front-runner has yet to emerge.




General Peter ChiarelliOver on CNN’s State of the Union, Candy Crowley will host General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

General Chiarelli will address the too often ignored issue of soldiers returning from war and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and countless ailments from disease to complications due to head injuries, lost limbs, and shattered personalities.  Suicide rates for veterans are staggering.

With thousands of combat veterans returning home from the decade old wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the current generation of soldiers is experiencing difficulties with PTSD and other illnesses at rates not seen since the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s.  During the Bush administration, these soldiers were often forgotten once they were home and did not receive the kind of help they needed.  While improvements have been made under the leadership of President Obama, the United States still has a long way to go to properly treat those its citizens and leaders have chosen to send to war.





Meet the Press is on hiatus in deference to the airing of the French Open.