The rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and a possible crisis more threatening to international stability than the war in Iraq. Also, LA Times publisher Jeffrey Johnson forced out.
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The Los Angeles Times reported today that its publisher, Jeffrey Johnson, has been forced out of his job. Johnson, along with Editor Dean Baquet, defied superiors at Tribune Publishing who demanded staff cuts that both men say would damage the Times. Some 400 staffers signed a petition asking that both men be kept on the job.
NATO has taken command of military operations in Afghanistan, at a time when the Taliban are stepping into the vacuum left when the US changed its focus to Saddam Hussein. It’s the biggest challenge in the history of the Alliance. In the meantime, gun battles, roadside explosives and suicide bombers are taking their toll as the Taliban stage a powerful comeback. We hear about drug money, the failure of reconstruction and Pakistan, as well as a warning that there are not enough boots on the ground to avoid a crisis that could be worse than the war in Iraq. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
Paul Watson, South Asia Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times
Charles Heyman, Senior Defense Analyst for the online defense journal ArmedForces.co.uk
Marvin Weinbaum, Senior Scholar, Middle East Institute
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
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