Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. and its allies launched Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq. What was confidential at the time was that the opening mission of the war was launched from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles the top-secret air combat mission nicknamed "Secret Squirrel."

Airs Sunday, December 6, at 7 p.m. President Obama will address the nation tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The White House says the President will speak from the Oval Office about steps the government is taking to address terrorist threats against the country. He is also expected to give an update on the investigation into the San Bernardino shootings.

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner profiles the largest group of people in the world without an officially sanctioned homeland, the Kurds.

Airs Sunday, November 23 at 6 p.m. The disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring...  What role should America play in the Middle East? For some America’s restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence.  Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence? 

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the difference between the acronyms ISIS and ISIL and what the consequences could be in how a terrorist group is referenced.

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