Kelley B. Vlahos, featured Antiwar.com columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses her article “Do Afghan Riots Spell E-X-I-T;” the mainstream media’s sudden realization that the Afghan War effort is failing; increases in the frequency and severity of IED injuries to US soldiers (who are demoralized and have lost faith in their objectives); why the culture gap between US military trainers and Afghan army recruits is too great to be bridged, resulting in mutual distrust and violence; rethinking the Western model of nation building in Afghanistan; and the “force protection” problems facing US personnel stationed in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
MP3 here. (23:35)
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has spent over a decade as a political reporter in Washington DC. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine and its daily weblog, @TAC. She is also a Washington correspondent for the DC-based homeland security magazine, Homeland Security Today, a long-time political writer for FOXNews.com, a regular columnist for Antiwar.com and a contributor to CriminalJustice.Change.org