Friday, September 4, 2009
News Talk Online September 4, 2009: Afghan Civilian Casualties
A NATO air strike in Afghanistan has killed 90 people, many of them, we are told, Taliban members but some 40, the Afghan government says, were civilians. This comes after U.S. military officials said they were tweaking their operations to minimize civilian casualties. This attack will do little to cement a cooperative relationship with the civilian population there. Meanwhile, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is expected ask for more troops as the fight with the Taliban has, of late, been failing.
Joining me today on News Talk Online to discuss these latest developments will be Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security policy. Katulis, who has just returned from Afghanistan, has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, private corporations, and non-governmental organizations on projects in two dozen countries. He is co-author of The Prosperity Agenda What the World Wants From America and What We Need in Return, a book on U.S. national security and has worked at the State and Defense Departments as well as for the National Security Council.
Katulis joins me at 5 PM New York time.