The defeat in Afghanistan, punctuated by the chaotic evacuation from Kabul and sudden collapse to the Taliban, is also an opportunity for American leaders to reassess the fundamental assumptions underlying U.S. interventionism. Instead of asking how the nation-building project could have been prolonged or how it might succeeded, the real question may be why did anyone think it could work at all? After twenty years of war and occupation, at the cost of more than $2 trillion and many thousands of American and Afghan lives, it may be time to face an uncomfortable truth: the project was doomed from the start. In this episode, former U.S. Marine Adam Weinstein, a research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, discusses the root causes of the dramatic failures to defeat the Taliban and build a democracy in Afghanistan.
We continue reporting on what’s happening to women and children in Afghanistan. We hear from our BBC corespondent in Kabul, Secunder Kermani. Also Larissa Brown who’s Defence Editor at The Times tells us about women soldiers in Afghanistan, and we speak to Zarghuna Kargar who used to present Afghan Woman’s Hour and this week found herself translating a Taliban press conference. It was her voice telling us what a Taliban spokesman said.
We hear from Andrea Leadsom, MP who’s the government’s Early Years Adviser.
Two women who’ve adopted talk to us about the ups and downs.
And we’ve also got Lesley Manville on talking about her new TV drama called I Am, which is about a woman called Maria who’s 60 and bored.
Chief US Policy Strategist
Bloomberg Television & Radio
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