Nov 12 2009
After months of meetings, President Barack Obama is expected to announce a decision to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan. There is some speculation as to how many troops he will add, but according to a senior military official quoted by the Wall Street Journal, a likely number is 30,000-35,000 extra US troops. Ten thousand of those troops could be used to train the Afghan National Army with the idea of transferring military control to them eventually. However, the recent election debacle in Afghanistan has called into serious question the legitimacy of the central government and President Hamid Karzai who has been implicated in serious counts of fraud. Further, Karzai’s brother is a suspected druglord, and according to the New York Times, receiving millions of dollars from the CIA. US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry has reportedly urged Obama not to send any more troops until the central government regains credibility, according to news reports of a leaked cable transmission this morning. Matthew Hoh, a former Marine Corps captain, recently became the first known US official to resign over his opposition to the Afghan war. In stepping down from his Foreign Service position in Zabul province, Hoh publicly expressed his frustrations that the war was viewed by most Afghans as an unwelcome occupation. Hoh’s statements are reminiscent of a man who most famously went public over his opposition to a similar war more than 35 years ago.
GUEST: Daniel Ellsberg, a former US military analyst who leaked the so-called Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. Ellsberg is now one of the Afghanistan war’s most fervent critics
Daniel Ellsberg will join Matthew Hoh, Robert Greenwald, and Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar at a panel discussion on Afghanistan on Thursday, November 12th
Reception: 6:30 pm — $100 Limited Capacity
Includes screening admittance and both a copy of Rethink Afghanistan and a year-long subscription to Brave New Conversations series for FREE.
Screening: 7:30 pm — $20 Pre-pay now to guarantee your seat
Followed by our special guest panel with Daniel Ellsberg, Matthew Hoh and Sonali Kolhatkar. Includes a FREE copy of Rethink Afghanistan.
Location: Venice United Methodist Church — 1020 Victoria Avenue — Venice, CA 90291
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