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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands with his hand over his heart as U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on April 28, 2017 in Dover, Delaware. Sgt. Rogers, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, of Kettering, Ohio, were U.S. Army soldiers killed while conducting a joint U.S.-Afghan raid in Nangarhar Province.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands with his hand over his heart as U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on April 28, 2017 in Dover, Delaware. Sgt. Rogers, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, of Kettering, Ohio, were U.S. Army soldiers killed while conducting a joint U.S.-Afghan raid in Nangarhar Province.

President Trump addresses the nation Monday night about the war in Afghanistan, where more than 8,000 U.S. troops are stationed. A resolution to the conflict has defied solutions so far.

U.S. Defense Secretary General James Mattis told Congress in June “we are not winning in Afghanistan right now.” What will it take to bring this conflict to an end? And is the president’s “path forward” for U.S. engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia the answer?

Guests

  • Tom Bowman Pentagon correspondent, NPR
  • Kristen Rouse Veteran, United States Army; director, New York City Veterans Alliance
  • Rod Nordland Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, The New York Times; former New York Times bureau chief in Kabul; author of "The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet: The True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing"
  • Aaron O'Connell Associate professor, University of Texas at Austin; veteran, United States Marine Corps; editor, "Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan"

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