The Alyona Show: Alyona Breaks Down the War
Recent reports indicate senior representatives from the Afghan government and the Taliban are engaged in high level peace talks to put an end to the war, but past talks have always disintegrated, so doubt already surrounds the new round of talks. Thanks to Bob Woodward's new book we have learned that leaving has never been an option for the military commanders. Dr. James Carafano, a senior defense policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation argued that going into Afghanistan made America safer. He said until you root the enemy out, you have to fight these battles.
Then, politicians like to pretend that cutting the deficit is their top priority but there's always one little thing that gets excluded from the umbrella of "cuts,” the defense budget. Three conservative think tanks in particular have teamed up to launch "Defending Defense.” And, William Kristol's recent op-ed said the only way to achieve peace, is through war. What can we do to keep war mongers from always having their way? Afghanistan veteran Jake Diliberto explained that there are cheaper policies. He said the cost of health care for vets is going to exceed trillions of dollars so the US defense budget needs to help veterans as well.
And, there is no way to talk about the war in Afghanistan, without bringing in its neighbor. Pakistan has been a safe haven for al-Qaeda and mistrust between Pakistan and the US runs deep. Recently a US helicopter strike killed two Pakistani soldiers and led to the country closing a key supply route. The Wall Street Journal reported that members of Pakistan's spy agency are pressing Taliban field commanders, to fight the US and they’re allies. Osman Adnan, a Pakistani-American writer and consultant for ReGen Consulting Group, explained that these people are sick of fighting and that the real war needs to be fought in Pakistan.
It’s nine years into the war and a new poll revealed just how strongly the Afghan peoples' trust has eroded to the point where many not only regarded the international community with suspicion, but have accused internationals, and the international military presence in particular, of directly or indirectly supporting insurgents in order to justify their continued presence in the country. Jerome Starkey, The Times correspondent in Afghanistan explained that people have made note that there has been little signs of progress. He sais the promises of progress have eroded.
Also, what was the Afghanistan War like in the very beginning, nine years ago today and how have things changed? We took a look through the eyes of a filmmaker as he explained his 15 month journey with the Afghan people right after the invasion. Steve Connors, a veteran journalist and director of "Meeting Resistance" discussed how the United States was greeted by the people of Afghanistan. He said after almost a decade not much has changed for the people living in the rubble.