Rethinking Afghanistan: Is Obama’s Strategy a Dead End?


The Obama administration has laid out its strategy for stabilizing and rebuilding Afghanistan: sending an additional 21,000 troops, strengthening the army and police forces, and establishing what Obama calls clear metrics for evaluating progress. Not everyone agrees. Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films says it is a flawed approach and is calling for a US policy that does not rely on military force.

But Obama is winning support from his liberal base, particularly the Center for American Progress whose recent report, Sustainable Security in Afghanistan, calls for even more troops than Obama has pledged. Organizations and individuals who opposed Bush’s policies in Iraq have voiced their support for Obama's war. Robert Greenwald, Terry Rockefeller of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Kathleen Foster director of Afghan Women: A History of Struggle, and Sean Duggan of the Center for American Progress discuss the future role of the US in Afghanistan.

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