Journalists that covered David Petraeus, both in his capacity as a General in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later as the director of the CIA, have done a lot of public soul searching in the wake of his recent scandal. Bob speaks to international investigative reporter Jon Lee Anderson about what he sees as the media's failings in covering Petraeus.
In recent New Yorker articles, staff writer Jon Lee Anderson describes a country torn by civil war without clear factions. The campaign by President Bashar al-Assad against the rebels has been going on for 17 months, with some estimates placing the death toll at around 20,000.
Jon Lee Anderson, staff writer for The New Yorker, just returned from reporting from the front lines in Syria. He tells us who the rebels are in Syria, and how difficult it is to report as a foreign journalist in the country. On Tuesday, reporter Marie Colvin and photographer Remi Ohlik were killed during one of the Syrian military's ongoing assaults on Homs. On Thursday alone, activists estimated that 101 people were killed. Meanwhile, the group "Friends of Syria" will meet in Tunis on Friday to discuss the possibility of dialogue with the Assad regime, but the conflict shows no signs of abating.
New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson discusses the ongoing war in Afghanistan and whether it’s time for coalition forces to leave the country. His article “Force and Futility,” in the May 16 issue of The New Yorker, tells what’s changed—and what has remained the same—in the region of Khost, Afghanistan, since the United States first tried to kill Osama bin Laden there in 1998.
Speaking to Congress on Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he opposes arming the Libyan rebels. Gate's position is in line with the NATO forces, who have taken over command of Operation Protectorate, as the air attack on Libya is now being called. NATO commanders say they will enforce the arms embargo, no-fly zone and focus on protecting civilians – but not necessarily the rebels.