The Forgotten War in Afghanistan

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Six years after driving the Taliban from power, the Bush Administration faces the prospect of failure in Afghanistan. Levels of violence are higher than ever. Although major combat will decline during winter, suicide bombings and roadside explosions will likely continue. As winter sets in, and major combat declines, both the US and NATO are "reviewing their missions." What about corruption in local government and flagging support from the nations of Europe? We talk to a colonel who has learned the Pushtunwali—the Pushtun tribal code of honor, and whose Task Force Fury troops are building roads, schools and clinics six south-eastern provinces.

Credits

Guests:
Martin Schweitzer - Colonel and Senate Liaison Division Chief, US Army, Matt Waldman - former Head of Policy for Afghanistan, Oxfam, Julianne Smith - Center for a New American Security - @Julie_C_Smith, Seth Jones - RAND Corporation - @SethGJones, William Arkin - Online Columnist, Washington Post

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal, Dan Konecky