I have similar media frustrations with when the U.S. is first deciding whether to invade somewhere. Suddenly all this news comes out of nowhere with no actual context provided.
Sometimes I wonder how different the U.S. would be as a democracy if our media spent as much time on day-to-day international news as they currently spend on celebrity gossip.
Thanks. I didn't listen to the podcasts, but what I'm seeing in the two articles seems to focus heavily on U.S. policy. What I'm most interested in is insight into what the experience has looked like from the Afghan side, who the players are over there, how things have changed over time, etc. Has he written about those kinds of issues elsewhere on the internet?
For example, I dimly recall seeing an article (like 20+ years ago, pre-2001) about how prior to the rise of the Taliban, women had access to "Western"-style education and careers. The impression that stayed with me was that this was a real-world situation closely analogous to the experience of women in Margaret Atwood's _A Handmaid's Tale_. I'm sure I lost some details along the way, but I find myself cringing whenever I see a news story that makes it sound like the U.S.-supported Afghanistan government was the first time that women had access to education, etc.