Navy Seals and U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Navy Seals and U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

The worst tragedy in the history of the U.S. Navy Seals highlights ongoing risks in Afghanistan. Diane and guests explore the challenges ahead for the U.S. mission and current plans for troop withdrawal.

Yesterday President Obama sought to reassure a jittery public that the U.S. government can meet its deficit challenge and that in Afghanistan, 'we will press on and we will succeed.' Last Saturday, 30 American troops died when their helicopter was shot down in an area not far from Kabul. Seven Afghan soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were also killed. It was the largest loss in a single day for the American military in Afghanistan since the war began nearly a decade ago, and it highlights the risks of our current strategy. Join us for a discussion on the new questions about U.S. policy in Afghanistan.


Thom Shanker

Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times.

Paul Pillar

director, graduate studies at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University and a former CIA National Intelligence officer

Commander Anthony O'Brien

former Navy Seal,
retired Lt Commander

Lawrence Korb

senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration.

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