J.D. Johannes: Amid the Poppies and the Land Mines
Today on Frank Gaffney's Secure Freedom Radio, J.D. Johannes, documentarian and correspondent of Outside the Wire, just returned from the Sulaiman Mountain Ridge in Afghanistan and gives fill-in host Jim Hanson the perspective of the war on the ground. From what Jim calls a “lovely vacation spot,” with all the poppies and the land mines, J.D. surveyed the troop morale after Obama’s announcement of the Afghan drawdown. “A lot of wind came out of the sails” as soon as the announcement was made, he says, after such great progresses were made in the surge areas of the Helmand province. Johannes details the shift in the psychological momentum, and also looks to what’s next for Afghanistan.
Listen here: [audio:http://www.securefreedomradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/09072011_Seg4_Johannes_10min20.mp3]