Today, the New America Foundation is hosting an important event on America’s war in Afghanistan, featuring my New America Foundation colleagues Peter Bergen and Steve Coll, as well as Washington Post standout journalists Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Karen DeYoung.
The event will run from 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm and will stream live here at The Washington Note.
As the debate in Washington heats up about whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, I think it is important to provide a variety of perspectives to my readers – and these four are among Washington’s most knowledgeable commentators on this topic.
Today’s event will also serve as the formal launch of the AfPak Channel, a New America Foundation/Foreign Policy Magazine project.
As I have written on this blog, I am personally increasingly disturbed by the Obama administration’s approach to Afghanistan – a position that I articulated in a letter to President Obama that I signed on to earlier this week. On the skeptical side, I also recommend reading Paul Pillar’s op-ed from yesterday that questions whether preventing a terrorist “safe haven” in Afghanistan is really worth the blood and treasure it will cost.
— Steve Clemons