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An Army Lieutenant Colonel praised by superiors for his "devotion to mission accomplishment" says reports of "progress" in Afghanistan are Pentagon spin. We hear from him and others. Also, Santorum's mini-sweep. On Reporter's Notebook, Mrs. Thatcher's war...all over again?

Banner image: US Marines carry a wounded comrade, who was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), to a Medevac helicopter of US Army's Task Force Lift 'Dust Off,' Charlie Company 1-171 Aviation Regiment in Helmand province on November 10, 2011. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Sonya Geis
Frances Anderton

Main Topic War in Afghanistan: Are Pentagon Officials Telling the Truth? 36 MIN, 51 SEC

Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis has risked his career by accusing the Pentagon of misleading the public with reports of progress in Afghanistan. After a year of visits to every combat zone — hoping that "rosy official statements" were true, he saw "the absence of success on virtually every level," and reported that the Pentagon is not telling the truth about what it calls "progress in Afghanistan." We speak with Davis and others, including one of the members of Congress whom Davis briefed with classified information. How widely shared is the colonel's conclusion that American soldiers are dying in a war America can't win?

Guests:
Scott Shane, New York Times (@ScottShaneNYT)
Daniel Davis, US Army
John Garamendi, US Congress (@RepGaramendi)
Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution (@MichaelEOHanlon)
Matthew Hoh, Center for International Policy (@matthewhoh)

The Science of War

Michael E. O'Hanlon

Reporter's Notebook Britain and Argentina Flare Up over Falklands, 30 Years On 6 MIN, 31 SEC

It's been almost 30 years since former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waged war to retain the Falkland Islands, 300 miles off Argentina. Now Britain's current leaders are accusing Argentina of "colonialism." Britain has sent the destroyer HMS Dauntless to replace a less powerful ship in the South Atlantic, and Price William – second in line to the British throne – has begun his posting in the British territory. Mary Dejevsky is chief editorial writer for The Independent in London.

Guests:
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent

Making News Santorum Sweeps Three States 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Last night was the biggest so far in Rick Santorum's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He won in Colorado, took Missouri by 30 points and, in Minnesota Mitt Romney was third behind Ron Paul. Molly Ball reports on politics for The Atlantic magazine.

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)

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