CIA vet Michael Scheuer says Afghan war is already lost

02/11/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF 's Radioactivity, I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about the war in Afghanistan with Michael Scheuer, author of the book Marching Toward Hell.

But first some listener comments about the last few 1 p.m. programs. We’ll hear comments about the state’s budget problems, a possible new source of renewable energy, electioneering by a local public officials, the proposed landfill in East Pasco County, and the closing of the military prison at Guantanamo.

The latest news out of Afhanistan is that the Taliban are claiming responsibility for a coordinated attack in the capital of Afghanistan that claimed 20 lives.

Gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed the Justice Ministry and another government building in Kabul. Officials say eight attackers also died in the assaults, including an attacker outside a third government building.

A spokesman for the Taliban said the attacks were in response to the alleged mistreatment of Taliban prisoners in Afghan government jails.

The attacks come ahead of a planned visit by President Barack Obama's special envoy to the region.

Obama has ordered a review of the administration’s options in Afghanistan before proceeding with the current plan to almost double the 32,000 American troops now stationed in Afghanistan.

Joining us now is Michael Scheuer is a veteran CIA counterterrorism officer who for several years in the late 1990s headed the agency’s Osama Bin Laden unit. His book Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq has just come out in paperback. He says America’s war against Osama Bin Laden, Al Quaida and their Islamist allies is “going badly,” that Americans have quite a number of shocks waiting for them, that influence of bin Laden and Al-Quaeda is spreading, and that essentially the Afghan war is already lost.

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