“If an attack comes on the homeland, it’s going to come from Al Qaeda planning in the hills of Afghanistan and Pakistan. That’s where they live, that’s where they are, that’s where it will come from.” – Vice President Biden
There’s widespread agreement that the greatest threat to the United States is lurking in the mountainous border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. President Obama will be hard-pressed to accomplish the mission of securing Afghanistan and protecting America if the tribal areas of Pakistan remain a terrorist haven. The largely ungoverned and historically ungovernable tribal areas of Pakistan have long been a wasteland of thieves, thugs, and terrorists. The Taliban has regrouped there, and has extended the welcome mat to al-Qaeda. That poses a critical threat to Kabul, Islamabad, and Washington.
Segment 1: Ray Suarez explores the threats emanating from Pakistan's Tribal Areas.
Segment 2: Elizabeth Arnold takes a look back at US policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1980s and 90s to better understand how US disengagement from the region had dire consequences both there and in America.
Segment 3: Sean Carberry travels to Afghanistan to hear from the American military and Afghan people as they confront an insurgency heavily fueled by cash and guns from the tribal areas.