Afghanistan: Not Safe For Business

On "Reliable Sources," blogger Michael Yon, a right wing favorite, told Kurtz that Afghanistan is a very dangerous place now and takes exception with a WSJ story.
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KURTZ: Your trip to Afghanistan has convinced you that the press isn't really capturing what's happening in Afghanistan in terms of the level of danger. Explain.

YON: Well, as with Iraq, there's not -- there's not a lot of journalists actually on the ground in either of these places, and so it is easy to miss it. Also, as in Iraq, it's very difficult to travel around without, you know, getting hurt or killed or kidnapped. And in Afghanistan, in particular, the level of violence is increasing at a very rapid rate.

KURTZ: You particularly objected to a "Wall Street Journal" piece that said that business is thriving there, and let me quote: "Even though writers of a certain ideological stripe whined that because Afghanistan isn't Switzerland, it's yet another sign that the U.S. can't get anything right."

What bothered you about that piece?

YON: Well, first of all, I greatly respect the "Wall Street Journal", and I think the United States gets a lot of things very right. But I did think that that article went way over bounds, and it was just wrong in telling people that Afghanistan is a safe business environment.

While I was there, a driver of a friend was murdered. Another of his employees was wounded. Then another employee was wounded in another suicide attack. All these things happened while I was the full transcript


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