Here's my comment, which may get deleted by the moderator, we shall see, they've gotten testier about criticism of their reporting:
Wow, this story was one long series of interviews with military experts: Yes when it comes to understanding foreign cultures, political dynamics in other countries, geopolitical issue, and economic develop the experts you want to talk are the military? NPR seems to be still following the Bush/Cheney policy of isolating and treating as irrelevant the State Department (You know: the people with actual foreign policy expertise? (Last I checked the Pentagon’s job was to blow things up, not foreign policy.-G.D.)
Mary Louise Kelly seems to be nothing but an uncritical Pentagon stenographer, how do we know if any of these sources aren't part of the Pentagon's prior propaganda campaign that NPR has used in the past?
Why didn’t Ms. Kelly interview one of NPR’s reporters in Afghanistan? Or someone from the State Department? Or a foreign policy expert? Just askin’? How about calling former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes, who’s lived in Afghanistan for the past six years? Oh, sorry forgot appears she’s been blacklisted must be she wouldn’t stay on the FOX/Bush script.
Another uncritical open mike for the Pentagon; NPR learned anything the last six year?
If anyone would like a clearer and more actuate perspective on Afghanistan, without NPR's pro-Bush filer, here's an interview with Sarah Chayes on on PBS' "Bill Moyer's Journal". Ms. Chayes worked for NPR during the pre-Tomlinson days, when NPR had real journalist, not the FOX want-a-be it now has.