National security writer and researcher Molly McKew and fmr. senior CIA official and author Marc Polymeropoulos join host Ron Steslow to discuss the chaos and catastrophe in Afghanistan.
(03:10) Molly’s and Marc’s unique vantage points on Afghanistan
(14:33) Putting Afghanistan in context: America’s goals, and the war’s political legitimacy
(20:17) When counterterrorism became nation-building, how America projects military power, and the tension between America’s interests and values
(34:45) Trump’s deal with the Taliban, the decision to withdraw troops, and America’s pincer of isolationism
(49:01) Public opinion, foreign policy, and America’s total exit
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