Tuesday, March 31, 2009

U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan Topic On Paltalk


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was at the Hague today calling for increased aid for Afghanistan where, she said, terrorists were "on the march." But what exactly is the Obama administration's vision toward Afghanistan? And are those who were responsible for the September 11. 2001 attacks actually there? Or are they hiding in neighboring Pakistan?

Joining us today on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com to discuss U.S. Afghanistan policy will be journalist Reese Erlich.

Clinton is trying to build a coalition among governments to address issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan to help stabilize the countries. She has reached out to Iran to participate and Iran has accepted. It is designed to renew support for Afghanistan in advance of presidential elections planned in August.

President Obama announced the U.S. will send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) calls Afghanistan so challenging a war and such a large country that the U.S. will need 600,000 troops to fully squelch the violence, but that he sees the situation as a diplomatic mission.

Some experts are questioning the military approach and are calling for the U.S. to lead with diplomacy in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, there is concern about the affects of this policy on Pakistan, the second most populous Muslim country and the only Muslim nation to have declared nuclear weapons status. Some analysts fear that Pakistan’s instability will lead to collapse, and their nuclear weapons will not be protected.

Erlich's history in journalism goes back 41 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, a national, investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975. He taught journalism for 10 years at San Francisco State University and California State University Hayward.

he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for the CBC, the Australian Broadcast Corporation, German radio and National Public Radio. His articles appear in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide.

book, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn't Tell You, co-authored with Norman Solomon, became a best seller in 2003. He also wrote a book about Iran and his latest, Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba was just released.

Erlich shared the prestigious 2006 Peabody award as a segment producer for the public radio series “Crossing East,” a history of Asians in the U.S. In 2004 Erlich’s radio special “Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving,” won a Clarion Award presented by the Association for Women in Communication and second and third place from the National Headliner Awards. His article about the U.S. use of depleted uranium ammunition was voted the eighth most censored story in America for 2002-3 by Project Censored at Sonoma State University. In 2002 his radio documentary, “The Russia Project,” hosted by Walter Cronkite, won the depth reporting prize for broadcast journalism awarded by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

To talk to Erlich today at 5 PM New York time on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com CLICK HERE.

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