They talk about the country’s history of rapid takeovers, the failings of the US and its allies, and what life is like in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.
Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question on whether President Obama’s surge in 2009 could have made a difference to the future of Afghanistan.
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