THE AFGHAN QUESTION
Why are we in Afghanistan? To destroy the Al-Qaeda? To
make sure the Taliban doesn't get back in power? Both? What is the economic
impact of the war on the US economy? And, just what would victory in Afghanistan
look like anyway? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
the question of Afghanistan. The Obama Administration's refocusing the
US military. But after years of war in Iraq, after Abu Grabib, after WMDs
the US still have the moral authority to conduct nation building?
Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid is the author
of "Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan,
and Central Asia." Rashid acted as an advisor to Richard Holbrooke,
President Obama's special envoy to the region, and tells Jim Fleming
that the U.S. rushed into Afghanistan after 9/11 in search of Al-Qaeda,
but was never interested in the country's real problems. He feels the
Obama administration has a different attitude.
In 2003, Craig Mullaney led an infantry rifle
platoon along the hostile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Mullaney
is a Rhodes scholar, a professor at West Point, a National Security
advisor to President Obama and the author of "The Unforgiving Minute:
A Soldier's Education." He tells Anne Strainchamps about his combat
experiences. Also, David Kilcullen is the author of "The
Accidental Guerrilla: Fight Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One."
He was an advisor to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and
an architect of the Troop Surge in Iraq under General Petraeus. He tells
Steve Paulson that the problem with traditional counter-insurgency efforts
is that they don't protect local people and offers his advice on what
the U.S. must do in Afghanistan.
Robert Greenwald supports the Obama administration
but thinks they're dead wrong about Afghanistan. He's the Director of
the on-going, on-line documentary called "Rethink Afghanistan."
Greenwald tells Jim Fleming the sorts of questions he would put to the
administration, and we also hear clips from his film.
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