Shortly after taking office, President Obama made the war in Afghanistan a high military priority when he authorized 21,000 additional troops to be sent to the region. This move returned to center stage what had long been termed "the forgotten war." Today, as the presidential election in Afghanistan nears, the Taliban makes headlines, and the American troop presence grows, the world is paying close attention. To assess the situation in the region and to take stock of U.S.-Afghan relations, The Takeaway is joined by Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad, Afghan ambassador to the United States.
"I think eradication is not effective because we have to prevent cultivation. Once the poppy is cultivated it’s too late. If you eradicate you push the farmers into the hands of the terrorists and the Taliban. If you don’t, the money will feed the terrorists and the Taliban. And in order to prevent cultivation you have to give an alternative to the farmers."
– Afghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad