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We've tried to give due attention to the war in Afghanistan in recent months, as President Obama weighed the decision to send more troops. It's been a roller coaster year, with a U.S. military push into the country's south, Pakistan's own Taliban fight getting deadly serious, high-profile resignations from American officials in the region, and prominent critics on all sides bringing the troop debate to a boil in America.
Now, President Obama is poised to deliever an historic speech at West Point, which we preview today and will unpack tomorrow.
For more context, it's worth listening back to some of our recent coverage. We've heard notable voices such as Ambassador Peter Galbraith, Senator Russ Feingold, terrorism expert Peter Bergen, soldier-scholars Andrew Bacevich and Rory Stewart, and retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, among many others. Here are some highlights from the past six months:
Pakistan’s Fight, America’s Fear - May 6, 2009 (with Pakistan journalist Mosharraf Zaidi, the New York Times's David Sanger, Harvard's Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, and Brookings' Stephen Cohen).
Andrew Bacevich: America and War - May 25, 2009 (a special pre-recorded Memorial Day show).
The New Fight in Afghanistan - July 22, 2009 (with the LA Times's Laura King, the Washington Post's Pamela Constable, writer Gretchen Peters, and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School's Kalev Sepp)
Rory Stewart: Reality Check on Afghanistan - August 19, 2009 (with Stewart, recently returned from Afghanistan).
Obama’s Choice in Afghanistan - September 8, 2009 (with the New York Times's Carlotta Gall, Harvard's Stephen Walt, Center for American Progress defense analyst Lawrence Korb, and Sen. Russ Feingold).
Candor and Afghanistan - September 21, 2009 (with defense analyst and Vietnam war critic Daniel Ellsberg, retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, and The New Yorker's George Packer).
Peter Galbraith on Afghanistan - October 1, 2009 (with Ambassador Galbraith himself, right after his U.N. resignation).
Ground Realities in Afghanistan - October 13, 2009 (with the LA Times's Laura King, the Washington Post's Pamela Constable, and Martin Smith of PBS' Frontline).
Assessing the Taliban - October 26, 2009 (with terrorism expert Peter Bergen and Harvard's Michael Semple).
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