Tuesday, March 31, 2009

News Talk Online, March 31, 2009: Robert Erlich

A day long meeting at the Hague involving more than 70 nations today focused on the problems of Afghanistan. A place where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes terrorism is on the move and where members of the Taliban fight, not because of ideology but out of desperation.

These pronouncements seem confusing at best. Perhaps confusing is the best way to to describe the Obama administration's policy toward Afghanistan. He's promised to shift military attention from Iraq to Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan in order to root out those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks. Yet his secretary of state suggests ideology isn't what's driving the Taliban.

And even as he increases the U.S. military presence there, he is reaching out to other nations, including, of all countries, Iran, for help in mitigating the issue.

Joining us now to help us bring this all into perspective is award-winning journalist Reese Erlich, a frequent contributor to the CBC, The Australian Broadcasting Company German Radio and NPR and author of books on U.S. policy toward Iran, Iraq and Cuba.

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