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Afghanistan Is A Lost Cause

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  • Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan

    Clip: Matthew Hoh argues for the motion, "Afghanistan Is a Lost Cause."

  • Max Boot on Afghanistan

    Clip: Max Boot argues against the motion, "Afghanistan Is a Lost Cause."

  • Nir Rosen on Afghanistan

    Clip: Nir Rosen argues for the motion, "Afghanistan Is a Lost Cause."

  • Peter Bergen on Afghanistan

    Clip: Peter Bergen argues against the motion "Afghanistan Is a Lost Cause."

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Has the surge in Afghanistan failed, and is it time for the U.S. to admit defeat and start pulling our troops out? Nine years in, what have we accomplished in Afghanistan? Upon taking office in 2009, President Obama ordered an additional 17,000 troops in February and another 30,000 at year’s end in the hopes of staunching a rapidly deteriorating situation. Has the surge failed, or does it need time to take its course? Critics of the war are advocating everything from withdrawing our troops and concentrating on covert forces, to saving the north and abandoning the south to the Taliban. Only one thing is certain—there are no good options, but can the U.S. afford to abandon Afghanistan?

The Debaters

For the motion

Matthew Hoh

Former Official for the State Department

Is a former State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy and goals in Afghanistan in September... Read More

Nir Rosen

Author, Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World

Is the author of Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World, about civil war, sectarianism, occupation, resistance,... Read More

Against the motion

Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst, Bestselling Author

One of few Americans to have interviewed Osama bin Laden face-to-face, Peter Bergen is one of today’s foremost commentators on America’s national... Read More

Max Boot

Contributing Editor, Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times

Is one of America’s leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies... Read More

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The Research

View is Bleaker than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan

C.J. Chivers
July 25, 2010

Afghanistan: Which Way Now?

Peter Beaumont
August 1, 2010

Afghanistan: What's Next?

The New Republic
September 28, 2010
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