Guests: Jennifer Glasse, Stephen Biddle, Manizha Naderi
Today on Radio Times, we take a look at the rationale and implications of the Obama administration’s decision to continue the US military presence in Afghanistan, prolonging a war that began 14 years ago. Citing fears of the embattled country becoming a haven, if not a breeding ground, for terrorism, this pronouncement is counter to the president’s initial campaign promise of ending America’s foreign entanglements. We begin today’s show by talking with Al Jazeera’s foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, JENNIFER GLASSE, who will update us on the reaction to this news in Kabul. Then, we’ll hear from STEPHEN BIDDLE, professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University to get his thoughts on the administration’s shift in policy. Finally, Marty will talk with MANIZHA NADERI, executive director of the human rights organization, Women for Afghan Women, about how this decision will affect the fight for women’s rights and safety in Afghanistan.