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03/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dan Rather On Afghanistan: Success Depends On "Soft Power" (VIDEO)


President Barack Obama is dealing with the expanding war in Afghanistan, violence in neighboring Pakistan and militants on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border.

The man overseeing U.S. policy in that part of the world, veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, arrived on Monday in Pakistan, the first stop in an extended trip to the region. In a sign of what may lie ahead, Holbrooke said on Sunday that the Afghan war will be tougher than Iraq -- much tougher.

Dan Rather, former CBS News anchor and current anchor of "Dan Rather Reports" on HDNet, joins Martin Savidge to discuss his trip to Afghanistan, the effect of the forthcoming American troop surge on casualties, foreign cooperation in Afghanistan and Holbrooke's short-term mission.

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