The Afghanistan-Pakistan Problem

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They stood in the Rose Garden. They didn't shake hands. Then Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf sat down last night for a two and a half hour dinner with George W. Bush. It may have been a long two and a half hours.

Musharraf said this week that Karzai is an ostrich with his head in the sand. Karzai has suggested Pakistan is "playing with snakes" in its soft handling of a resurgent Taliban and failure to cough up Osama Bin Laden. And George W. Bush is staring at a bloody Taliban comeback that threatens to push America's one big 'war on terror' victory claim out of the win column.

Hear about the big trouble in Afghanistan.

Quotes from the Show:

"The problem in Afghanistan is not primarily a military problem." Barnett Rubin

"Afghanistan and Pakistan have had hostile relations for as long as they have existed because of different national and political interests." Barnett Rubin


Ron Moreau, South Asia Bureau Chief for Newsweek,;
Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent for Reuters.;
Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow at New York University's Center on International Cooperation.;
Husain Haqqani, Professor of International Relations at Boston University.;
Ruth Wedgewood, Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Johns Hopkins University.

This program aired on September 28, 2006.


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