President Obama Claims Progress in Afghanistan

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Having sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, President Obama conceded today that progress is "fragile." He still thinks withdrawal can begin next July, but also said the war is moving into what he called a "new phase," and that US combat forces will remain until December, 2014. Intelligence estimates say the fight will be harder than the Pentagon claims, with Pakistan refusing to shut down Taliban sanctuaries across the border. A new poll shows that 60 percent of Americans don't think the war is worth fighting. We hear how the President defines his goals as well as his strategy.

 

Credits

Guests:
Julian Barnes - Wall Street Journal - @julianbarnes, Caroline Wadhams - Director for South Asia Security Studies, Center for American Progress, , Stephen Biddle - George Washington University / Council on Foreign Relations - @ElliottSchoolGW, David Corn - Mother Jones magazine - @DavidCornDC, Harlan Ullman - Atlantic Council

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Darrell Satzman, Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner