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America’s Longest War - Interview with former U.S. State Dep. & Pentagon Official Matthew Hoh

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In this interview with Matthew Hoh, a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and former State Department official, we examine America’s longest war to date - the Afghanistan war. Furthermore we explore the reasons why Matthew decided to resign in protest from his post at the State Department in Afghanistan in 2009. Matthew has twelve years of experience with America’s wars overseas and was not only stationed on the front lines as a soldier and Marine Corps company commander but also worked on operational and diplomatic issues with the Department of Defense and State Department. In addition we contextualize the discussion by surfacing the role of the United States in Afghanistan since the late 70s when it decided to intervene by supporting the Mujahideen. Thereafter we talk about the latest issues concerning Afghanistan that include the “Afghan Papers” which were recently released by the Washington Post in December of 2019 and the reasons why the latest rounds of peace talks with Taliban failed to make any progress.




English: SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN — A Marine with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Camp Pendleton, Calif., leads a column of Marines to a security position after seizing a Taliban forward-operating base Nov. 25. Marines from the 15th and 26th MEU are currently deployed to the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Thirteenth MEU Marines, embarked on USS Bonhomme Richard, left San Diego Dec. 1 enroute to the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Marine photo by Sgt. Joseph Chenelly.


English: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly, United States Marine Corps

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