Afghan President Hamid Karzai was set for a three-way meeting with his Pakistani and American counterparts on Wednesday, to discuss how to combat the growing threat of the Taliban. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes about Karzai’s changing relationship with the U.S. under the Obama administration.
War in Afghanistan
After NATO backed President Obama's new approach to the war in Afghanistan at a summit this weekend, Worldfocus reports on the commitment of one NATO ally -- the small eastern European nation of Estonia, population 1.3 million.
On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top foreign officials met at the Hague to discuss America's new plan to stabilize Afghanistan. Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation discusses the small but important step that the United States and Iran took toward improving three decades of tense, often bitter relations.
John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security, discusses the Obama administration's plan and reports of an agreement between Taliban militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan to focus on fighting American combat troops.
Mark Mazzetti, author of the New York Times article that connects the Pakistani military to Afghani militants including al-Qaeda, discusses Taliban's widening campaign.
Australia lost a tenth soldier in the war in Afghanistan, the second to be killed this week. About 1,000 Australian soldiers are serving in Afghanistan, and NATO has requested more. Worldfocus contributors debate Australia's role in the war.
As the Obama administration weighs a major expansion of Afghan security forces, Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner, the former deputy foreign editor of the Washington Post, writes about reviewing the U.S. war strategy in Iraq before determining new strategy in Afghanistan.
Thom Shanker of The New York Times discusses the U.S. plan to double the size of Afghan security forces and set a goal of about 400,000 soldiers and police. The plan is awaiting President Obama's approval and comes with a hefty price tag.
Producer Sally Garner is reporting from Estonia and writes from a military base about the newly-independent country's contribution to the war in Afghanistan.