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New Meetup: The Best of the Bad

From: Todd K.
Sent on: Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:00 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Deep Thinkers!

What: The Best of the Bad

When: October 24,[masked]:30 AM

11300 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

As the Obama Administration nears its final determination for a new strategy in Afghanistan, it is widely agreed that every option is bad. So, while the topic is front and center in the headlines, let's do some deep thinking about the options and see if we can decide on the best of the bad... options, that is.

You can find information just about anywhere on the web these days about Afghanistan, but here are a few shows and articles that encapsulate the dilemma and the disparate views on how to solve it:
FRONTLINE: Obama's War
Charlie Rose with Richard Engel from October 7
Charlie Rose discussion with Biddle, Kilcullen and Glyn Williams from October 9
Newsweek article by Jonathan Alter comparing Afghanistan to Vietnam
The Washington Note, which specializes in foreign affairs

And I'll add more as I encounter them.

This is not a rehash of the mistakes going into Afghanistan, but rather an exploration of how to proceed from here and the ramifications of our policy going forward.

Finally, I thought we'd try McDonalds as a location because they have reached out to Meetup and agreed to provide a space and free coffee. I also tried to find one near some major freeways that will hopefully attract those of you from farther out. But if you want to order from the breakfast menu, you need to arrive and order BEFORE 10:30 AM.

Hope to see you Saturday, October 24!

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