Afghanistan

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Two former ambassadors join us to discuss the war in Afghanistan and other current events in the Middle East and around the world.

FILE: Sen. Angus King I-Maine, attends the christening ceremony for the USS Raphael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke Class Missile Destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Bath, Maine.
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Independent Maine Senator Angus King is “hopeful” President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy could help stabilize the region.

King says President Trump has no good options when it comes to Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. He says withdrawing U.S. troops would have disastrous consequences.

“No central government and an absolute free reign for Al-Qaida, ISIS, the Taliban and probably a half dozen other terrorist organizations,” King says. “That’s a threat to us.”

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's congressional delegation is giving a mixed review to President Donald Trump's recommitment to the war in Afghanistan.

Trump used a primetime speech on Monday to say the U.S. must "fight to win" the war. Maine's Republican senior Sen. Susan Collins says Trump has "outlined an important change" from an approach she says has been driven by arbitrary deadlines.

What have we learned about America's recent wars abroad?

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King told fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that President Obama's decision to keep about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for a longer time than first projected is a step in the right direction.

But King said that it will take more than the troop commitment to stabilize Afghanistan.
 
"They need not only those troops, but they need authorities," King said. "President Ghani talked about air support. I think that is going to be crucial "

WASHINGTON - At a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Maine Sen. Angus King said leaving Afghanistan prematurely would be a major strategic mistake for the U.S.

"Given all the progress - and I don't think the American people realize the amount of progress that has been made in Afghanistan in terms of the lives of the people - it's fumbling the ball on the 5-yard line," King said.

Mal Leary

More than 150 members of the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineering Battalion returned home today to hundreds of family members and friends at the Augusta State Armory. After nearly a year in Afghanistan, soldiers wasted no time reuniting with family.

PTSD

Nov 12, 2013

  As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars wind down, our country is facing another longer-term battle -  against post-traumatic stress. How can we help those with PTSD?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Dave Meyer from Togus VA

Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and Executive Director of Give An Hour

Kathy Russin, MST Program Director at Togus 

Clifford Trott, PhD, Team Leader/Clinical Psychologist, Portland Vet Center 

 

  The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations recently hosted a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning author Fred Kaplan. His talk is titled Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Afghanistan: One Strategy Doesn't Fit All. Kaplan says that counter-insurgency is inseparable from nation-building, and anyone not willing to undertake the second has no business with the first.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes Matthew Hoh to the podium. He is a former State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy and goals in the area in September 2009.

  Speaking in Maine features an address given at MPBN’s recent annual founders reception by NPR’s Chief Political Correspondent, Mara Laisson, she gives her inside view about politics, the Obama administration, and the major issues of our day including Health Care Reform and Afghanistan.