March 12 - An Already Vexed Relationship Turns Sour; Another Side of Afghanistan; The P.P.P. Pollster on Tomorrow's Mississippi and Alabama Elections

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Part 1

We begin with an assessment of the damage done to the NATO mission in Afghanistan by the U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who murdered 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children asleep in their beds. A former Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of manpower, Lawrence Korb joins us to discuss the stress of multiple deployments on service personnel and the impact this tragedy may have on the planned U.S. withdrawal. Lawrence Korb

Part 2

Then we speak with Kim Barker, the author of “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan”. The former South Asia Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, she is now the Edward R Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and we discuss the vexed and tragic relationship between America and Afghanistan and, at time of acrimony and distrust, Kim Barker’s affection for the Afghan people, their culture and their country. Kim Barker

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Tom Jensen, the Director of Public Policy Polling who has just released a poll of the likely outcome of tomorrow’s Republican Primary elections in Mississippi and Alabama where Santorum and Gingrich are splitting the conservative vote to the extent that Romney may eek out a narrow victory in one or both states.

Tom Jensen
  MUSIC: M. Ward - Right in the Head; Fionn Regan - Shadow of an Empire; Green Day - American Idiot; Sam Cooke - A Change is Going to Come