The Kandahar Massacre and the Future of U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan

The Kandahar Massacre and the Future of U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan

After the deadly rampage against Afghan villagers, President Hamid Karzai called for U.S. and NATO troops to be confined to major bases. The latest on the American soldier accused in the attack and how an accelerated pull-back of combat troops could affect U.S. strategy.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for the U.S. to speed up the withdrawal of combat troops from his country. That demand came after 16 Afghan villagers were murdered in the middle of the night - allegedly by a U.S. staff sergeant identified Friday as Robert Bales. The slayings have severely strained U.S. – Afghan relations and further eroded Americans’ support for the war. One survey taken after the atrocity showed half of Americans want President Obama to expedite troop withdrawal. Whether that would - or even could - happen is an open question. Diane and her guests discuss the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Guests

Ambassador James Dobbins

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

Yochi Dreazen

senior national security correspondent, National Journal magazine.

Phyllis Bennis

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

Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct and Terms of Use before posting your comments.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.