Mapping the Road Ahead in Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Afghanistan is at the forefront of President Obama's foreign policy agenda. With General Stanley McChrystal calling for more troops on the one hand, and several prominent members of the Senate calling for a pull-out on the other, President Obama must walk a careful line. We speak to Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost.

Guests:

Charlie Sennott

Contributors:

Noel King

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Bill Mullen

Afghanistan,Autumn '09
(Part 1)

Goal:
To keep the Taliban from moving into Afghanistan. To deny the Taliban and Al Qaeda from re-establishing a nation-state to use as a planning and staging refuge for terrorist acts.

To allow the Afghan people to chose their own popular government.

Pitfalls:
If the US were to pull out of Afghanistan, the terrorist factions would soon take over the government by violent means.

The present government is unpopular; and holds office in spite of strong and plausible allegations that the election was fraudulent.

General Stanley McChrystal, the US military commander in Afghanistan, has warned the President that corruption in the Karzai governmennt is as big a threat as the Taliban.

The US had already beaten back the Taliban, in Afghanistan, in 2002-03; and then removed troops to allow the Taliban to recover, infiltrate, and to reinstall itself in that country. Thus we have switched roles from insurgent to counter-insurgent.

Oct. 01 2009 04:15 PM

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