It’s Day 17 of the largest allied offensive in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001 — over 15,000 U.S., NATO, and Afghan troops working to secure Marjah, the opium-smuggling Taliban stronghold. In addition to the Marjah surge, General Stanley McChrystal continues to push his counterinsurgency strategy—holding fire to protect civilians, training Afghans to defend their own country and imbuing local government with the power to maintain stability. And, with the recent capture in Pakistan of the Taliban’s top military commander, there’s new hope for a sea change. After so much rancor over how long to stay and what strategy to pursue, are we finally on the right track? Patt checks in with local Congressman Adam Schiff, who’s just arrived back from the Afghan frontlines.
Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA - Pasadena, Griffith Park, Altadena), member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Judiciary Committee and he has just returned back from a trip to Afghanistan
M. Ashraf Haidari, counselor for political, security & development affairs at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington D.C.
Todd Bowers, deputy director for public affairs at the Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America; Purple Heart-winning Marine Corps Sergeant who served two tours in Iraq