U.S. Prepares for Total Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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President Obama has formally ordered the Pentagon to prepare for a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, if Afghan President Hamid Karzai or his successor do not sign America's proposed security pact. Many experts are concerned that a full withdrawal will push Afghanistan into civil war and further destabilize the region. We discuss the possibilities for diplomacy and the repercussions of a total troop withdrawal.


Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "No Exit from Pakistan: America's Tortured Relationship with Islamabad"

Rona Popal, executive director of The Afghan Coalition, a Fremont-based nonprofit and president of the Afghan Women's Association of Northern California

Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her books include "Ending the War in Afghanistan: A Primer"