Frontline: The War Briefing on KBDI-12/PBS
Release Date: 11/03/08
Author: M Simmons
DENVER – (November 3, 2008) – What will the next president of the United States inherit in foreign relations?
“The War Briefing,” airing on FRONTLINE on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. on KBDI-Channel 12/PBS, will outline the wars on two fronts, an overstretched military, a resurgent Taliban and a reconstituted Al Qaeda based far from America’s reach.
FRONTLINE producer Marcela Gaviria and correspondent Martin Smith will offer harrowing on-the-ground reporting from the deadliest battlefield in the mountains of Afghanistan and follow the trail to the militants’ havens deep inside the Pakistani tribal areas, probing some of the most urgent foreign policy challenges facing the next president.
“The situation is worse; there’s no question about that,” says Ronald Neumann, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007. “Provinces close to Kabul are now having incidents that didn’t have incidents before. And to my mind, that is clearly a strengthening insurgency.”
“The next president will face a situation where, in the next year or two, he will have to make the decision that faced the Soviets in 1988 — either to massively reinforce and to wage a war very aggressively or to get out,” says Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit. “That’s the inheritance of the next president.”
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