As we continue to look at the 10th anniversary of our involvement in Afghanistan, we call on a reporter with long association in the Afghanistan, Pakistan and India area.

Our guest on Midrats today at 5pm Eastern U.S. will be Rone Tempest.

Mr. Tempest is a former Los Angeles Times national and foreign correspondent who served as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Houston, New Delhi, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong and Sacramento from 1981 to 2007. In 2004 he was part of a team of reporters and photographers to win the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of massive wildfires in Southern California. A resident of Lander, Wyoming, he served as’s editor until November 2010.

During his stint with the LA Times, Mr. Tempest was one of the foreign reporters riding out of Afghanistan on Russian armor as the Russians withdrew, visited the country while the Taliban were in charge and was recalled to the area shortly after 9-11. One of his key takeaways from his experience is the importance of tribes both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, as well as in other parts of Southwest Asia.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he also attended the American University in Beirut and colleges in Germany and France.

He also suffers the distinction of being my brother.

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Posted by Mark Tempest in Foreign Policy, History, Podcasts, Soft Power

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  • Matt Yankee

    Fascinating discussion. Couldn’t have agreed more. The situation is indeed “maddening”.

    As far as where we went wrong with the whole war I believe it was right after 9/11 with Armitage’s ultimatum to Pakistan. Think about this…should we really have expected Pakistan to say “no…I will side with the Taliban”…so I think the fact that we asked a really stupid question and was told what we wanted to hear was the exact moment of strategic mistake for the whole war strategy. Armitage should’ve have started off demanding a full unconditional surrender of the Army and after being dimissed by Paksitan, followed up with full on attacks leading to the demise of the Army and wherever those chips may have fallen they would not have lead to an Army capable of Nuclear war with anyone. I really believe they would’ve been more likely to cooperate after they were defeated much as Japan and Germany have. Maybe they never would’ve cooperated but I also think we would be better off with a totally collapsed state there with no ability for state sponsored terror. State sponsors of terror should be humiliated with no appetite for pitty.

    We seem to have delivered yet another ultimatum with the latest visit by Clinton and company. The fact that it was yet another attempt at talking though is not cause for hope. Why can’t we demand Kayani surrender his army on the deck of one of our carriers?

    I can’t help but think of what a waste of the finest most capable military in human history all because we have put them under the command of the equivalent of elementary school boy scouts totally unwilling and incapable of making the calls required to win the most important war of our lives.

    I will hold on to hope as long as we have people trying…and this is proof some do understand and are trying to present the enemy to our boys in charge.

    Full disclosure: I am not paid nor have any links whatsover to any organization or govt…just a concerned American.