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Well today marks the tenth anniversary of the first US attack on Afghanistan after a decade at war now.
That has cost the United States billions of dollars and thousands of lives what does the future hold.
General Richard Myers is a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and he's my guest right now good morning -- -- Good morning -- -- you had been on the job bad job only seven days when September 11 happened crack.
That's right I I came and office October 1 in seven days later word where war.
So what did you make of the situation in Afghanistan at that time I don't know if you've had a chance to read this yet but the former.
Person who is in charge of Afghanistan's general Stanley McChrystal has given this quote.
We didn't know enough and we still don't know enough most of us me included had a very superficial understanding of the situation in history and we had a frightening simplistic view.
Of recent history the last fifty years if you feel same -- Well I think certainly I mean we're going into a country that we have not fit a lot of attention to other than.
Through some of our intelligence agencies when the Soviets invaded but other than that.
Wouldn't have many allies in the region who we didn't we've we've broken off military relations with Pakistan.
And so we didn't have much knowledge of about what was specifically going on Afghanistan so there was a lot of uncertainty that surrounded.
All the decisions we made when we first went into Afghanistan.
You left the office in 2005.
How would you compare with the situation was then.
To what it is now.
Well in 2005 they they elected to parliament they had fervent liberal constitution.
And things look pretty positive column bomb was was not really a factor at all and then that's all changed I think in the last.
Five or six years hello Bob -- -- had a resurgence.
And had to be dealt with -- the surge here -- or so ago.
And all the attention that NATO in the United States is putting on on the problem so.
I think what's really changed is the re emergence of a column -- -- a big factor in the country.
And also the the inability of Kabul to provide good government shall rest of the country corruption is.
Is just hasn't been abated and it's a real problem.
It's so interesting to think back just a couple of years ago where it was the top.
Topic of discussion frankly in the news about whether or not there should be a surge in Afghanistan.
And 100000 more troops went there now the discussion seems to be in a much more limited way.
Those troops coming home.
Where do you stand on that.
Well you know -- We we've devoted ten years as you mentioned early on ten years and and billions of dollars to the situation in Afghanistan and I have to -- -- to think about.
And -- Afghanistan that is.
Land and what that might mean for regional security or perhaps our security.
Both President Bush and President Obama said that would not be a good thing for our security so.
I think we've made great strides on the security front and Afghanistan tremendous strides.
At great cost but tremendous strides and it looks like were on the cusp of of some real progress there what what we -- now it's not going to be a military victory in the -- it's going to be.
The military provide security and then a -- political progress -- -- the political progress where we're we're lacking right now to be nice to see real effort put on.
The central government in Kabul and and trying to make it a more effective.
Government for the people of Afghanistan so I'm hearing you correctly generally that's not a military jobs -- are you calling on on the US government to do that.
Well I've you know I've always said neither and I wrote in my book as you know.
Big problems like this need.
Need to focus of all our instruments of national power not just the military instrument so absolutely.
The diplomatic political the economic instrument and not just United States but.
But all other countries that this is an international problem in Afghanistan it's not just United States it would suffer if Afghanistan goes back to a lawless state or one.
That's ruled by extremists and I get your point general Richard Myers the former chairman of the joint chief of staff hard to believe ten years ago today.
The Afghanistan war started thanks for your time this morning sir thank you.
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