I just wanted to call your attention to the interview I conducted with Andrew Exum, a.k.a. Abu Muqawama. Andrew just got back from a month in Afghanistan, where he took part in Gen. stanlye McChrystal’s 60-day strategic review. He took some time out of a busy morning to talk freely and openly about his impressions on the war, including some fo the hard challenges and difficult decisions facing the U.S. military and policymakers. Here’s what he had to say when asked what one thing Americans need to know about the war in Afghanistan:
There’s plenty more, as well as a link to the full audio file as a WPR podcast. Andrew was very generous with his time (notice the timecode when I mention that I think we’ll make it in the 10 minutes he said could spare). It’s worth a read. Whether or not you agree with everything he has to say, Andrew’s a clear-eyed observer, a sometimes critic and a very insightful analyst of counterinsurgency in general and the Afghanistan War in particular.