Guest: Craig Whitlock, Peter Lucier
Why have we been in Afghanistan for 18 years? People born in the year of the U.S. led invasion are now old enough to serve in America’s longest war. CRAIG WHITLOCK, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, recently published a lengthy series of articles that pull the veil back on the lack of planning, mismanaged money, conflicting strategies, and cynical politics that has prolonged the conflict for almost two decades with no victories to claim, and countless deaths. Based on confidential materials, hundreds of interviews with current and former officials, and hard data, Whitlock’s report has been dubbed The Afghanistan Papers and he joins us this hour to talk about his what he uncovered in his reporting. We’ll also talk with a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, PETER LUCIER, to get his reaction to the report.