Scott Horton Interviews Matthew Cole
Freelance reporter Matthew Cole discusses America’s schizophrenic policy in effect backing both sides of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the ethnic and tribal makeup of the region, the American-created state’s lack of anything to offer the population as a counter to the insurgents, the local information problem and the inability of the American government to plan for long term nation building, the splits within the factions and policies in Pakistan’s ISI and military, the counterproductive nature of U.S. support for Musharraf and Karzai and the problem of getting at the remnants of the Arab-Afghan army in the Hindu Kush Mountains.
MP3 here. (42:42)
Matthew Cole is freelance reporter who has written for the New York Observer, Wired, GQ and Salon.com.