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October 10th, 2011
05:48 PM ET

Ten years after entering Afghanistan, where does our military stand now? Gen. Odierno explains

Last Friday marked ten years since the U.S. entered Afghanistan. But with the death of Osama bin Laden and other key al-Qaeda leaders, what is the end game? The U.S. has now been in Afghanistan longer than the Soviets were. What will bring our troops home?  

Stanley McChrystal, former commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, says the U.S. and its NATO allies are only "a little better than" halfway to achieving their military goals.

Turning to our defense budget, in an interview with CNN last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned about further cuts to the defense budge if Congress doesn't reach an accord on debt reduction.

This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to General Ray Odierno about where our military stand today.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
August 18th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

The new 'greatest generation': How new veterans are bringing their leadership lessons home

More often than not, we hear the dark side of life after war: The high unemployment rate and high suicide rates.

There never seems to be enough good news about the men and women who serve this country.

But Joe Klein writes in this week's TIME magazine that this new generation of veterans is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. They're infiltrating companies, politics and non-profits, bringing a sharper skillset than veterans of past wars.

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Christine Romans talks with Klein and Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit organization supporting war veterans. We asked them what makes this generation's veterans different from the past generations.

Click here to read TIME's cover story on "The New Greatest Generation."

Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • Veterans
June 29th, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Can the US find success in Afghanistan? Joanne King Herring weighs in

With President Obama announcing that US troops will begin to drawdown next month, many are questioning if the the American military mission there can ever be considered a "success."

Joanne King Herring, founder of Marshall Plan Charities (MPC), talks with Ali Velshi this morning about her organization, which aims to create "model villages" in Afghanistan based upon the notion that for success in the country, the five areas of food, water, education, health care and jobs all need to be addressed at once.

Herring is joined by Douglas Rine, a volunteer for MPC, who has worked to help develop the organization's first "model village" by working with elders to establish plans for a school and clinic, and to plant their first soy crop.

Filed under: Afghanistan
June 28th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

U.S. Army Major lays out challenges in fighting in Afghanistan

Lieutenant General John Allen will face the Senate Armed Services Committee today. He's the man tapped to take over as the top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan, and he's backing the size and pace of President Obama's troop drawdown. The hearing comes less than a week after the President announced his plan to withdraw 33,000 troops by the end of 2012.

This morning on American Morning, we spoke with Major Rusty Bradley, a U.S. Special Operations soldier and the author of "Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds." He joined the AM crew to talk about the challenges of fighting in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Afghanistan
June 23rd, 2011
10:30 AM ET

How will the troop drawdown in Afghanistan impact US foreign policy?

President Obama addressed a troop drawdown in Afghanistan yesterday, announcing that he plans to remove 10,000 troops from the country by the end of the year and bring a total of 33,000 troops home by next summer.

Former Special Assistant to President Bush Brett McGurk and CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr join Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss the response to Obama's announcement and how the drawdown will impact US strategy in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Afghanistan • U.S. Troops
June 22nd, 2011
11:08 AM ET

Senator Joe Manchin: 'I don't think we can build a nation in Afghanistan'

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin got into a heated exchange with Senator John McCain yesterday on the Senate floor over troop withdrawal plans in Afghanistan.

Manchin took the floor to show support for a hefty troop pullout given the nation's fiscal constraints. McCain subsequently challenged Manchin's opinion by questioning his credentials on the issue.

Senator Manchin joins Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss his opinion on the troop withdrawal and the future of US involvement in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Politics
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