Talk Radio on 06/24/11
Host Per Fagereng interviews Professor Zaher Wahab and journalist Gareth Porter about Afghanistan, Obama's announcement about troops there, and the future of the country.
Zaher Wahab is Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College and a native of Afghanistan. Dr. Wahab served as senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan 2002-2006 and as a visiting researcher-professor in a masters degree program for teacher education faculty from Afghanistan’s 16 teacher training colleges 2007-2010. He has been spending about four months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from three months in Afghanistan.
Gareth Porter is an investigative journalist and historian specializing in U.S. national security policy. He recently wrote the piece "Petraeus Pads Success Against Taliban." Porter said this week: "The historic pattern of the Bush and Obama administrations is that the military and the Pentagon seek to turn what is supposed to be a temporary 'surge' of troops into a permanent presence. That's what happened in Iraq, and the military is pushing for the same thing in Afghanistan. But now there are countervailing pressures on Obama for the first time." Porter is author of "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam."