Tim O'Brien is the author of the classic Vietnam-era collection The Things They Carried. O'Brien talks with anchor Marco Werman about the impact serving in Vietnam might have on the world views of Chuck Hagel and John Kerry.
President Barack Obama's most recent cabinet nominations have been largely white men -- a move that's been criticized by advocates for women and people of color. They say they're surprised and disappointed with Obama's choices.
With Monday's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and last month's nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State, President Obama has chosen a foreign policy team headed by Vietnam veterans.
President Barack Obama over the weekend outlined his belief that military strikes on Syria were warranted, but said he would seek Congressional authorization before acting. Congress stands divided on the issue of intervention -- with Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the issue.
The Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, says the US military is ready for any option the president might decide to take against Syria. Anchor Marco Werman discusses the military and diplomatic situation with the BBC's Jonathan Marcus.