Why Are US Troops in Afghanistan?

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Barack Obama promised to get US troops out of Iraq and send more to Afghanistan. Vice President Biden says more casualties should be expected. We hear about deteriorating conditions on the ground and the risks of escalation.  We'll also ask, what's the objective? Also, President Obama directs the EPA to review fuel standards, and the New York Times may be the standard-setter for journalism in America, but Moody's now calls it a "junk bond" investment.

Banner image: Chief elder from the Korengal Valley (C), speaks with a US Army Captain during a meeting October 30, 2008 at the Korengal Outpost in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban is very popular in the Korengal Valley and most of the elders have strong family ties to local Taliban fighters, who oppose the American presence in their area. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images