Ann Jones, author of “Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan,” returns to the show to discuss her latest article at TomDispatch.com “Afghanistan, Again?” Jones explains how every president repeats the actions of his predecessor in an attempt to “break the stalemate,” why trying to train the Afghan army has been an utter disaster, and how the Afghan people, despite considerable infighting, have made it clear over and over again that they will not give in to foreign invaders. Jones stresses, above all, that the Afghanis are tired of fighting and are ready to go home—so long as the United States will let them.
Ann Jones is a regular contributor at TomDispatch.com and most recently the author of “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars.” Follow her on Twitter:
Discussed on the show:
- Afghan National Army
- “Afghanistan Sees 20 Percent Rise in Casualties of Security Forces, Police” (NBC News)
- “9/20/17 May Jeong on the atrocities of U.S.-backed warlords in Afghanistan” (Scott Horton Show)
- “Female Afghan politician Shukria Barakzai survives suicide bomb attack on her car” (The Independent)
- Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
- “Return of warlord Hekmatyar adds to Afghan political tensions” (Washington Post)
- “The ‘Butcher Of Kabul’ Is Welcomed Back In Kabul” (NPR)
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