New Pressures Affect War in Afghanistan

New Pressures Affect War in Afghanistan

The Taliban's spring offensive widens. Afghanistan’s president criticizes NATO airstrikes. And concerns over the cost of the war grow. New pressures affecting the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

In December 2009, President Obama set this July as the month when troops would begin to withdraw from Afghanistan. But as the date nears, debate continues over how many troops to bring home and how to do it. Afghan president Hamid Karzai complicated the discussions yesterday. He demanded an end to U.S. led coalition strikes against civilians. As the price tag for war grows, many Americans say they are ready to see troops come home. Others say the U.S. is making gradual progress and should stay. New pressures on the U.S. in Afghanistan and continuing debate over withdrawal plans.


Stephen Biddle

senior fellow for defense policy, Council on Foreign Relations; author, "Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle"

Phyllis Bennis

director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; co-author author of "Ending the U.S. War in Afghanistan: A Primer"

Ambassador James Dobbins

director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, and former special envoy to Afghanistan.

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