With President Obama expanding the conflict in Afghanistan as well as extending it into Pakistan, we need to understand the roots of the crisis there as well as the history of U.S. involvement. For centuries, Afghans have resisted foreign occupation.
Can the U.S. presence there succeed where all others have failed? What will happen if we pull our troops out? Can there be a non-military solution?
Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald, authors of Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story, have been reporting from Afghanistan since 1981 for CBS, PBS, ABC, and other news organizations. In this BFP Forum on June 24, 2009, they explained how American actions today are connected to past miscalculations, and how U.S. policy puts both Afghans and Americans in danger.