A Pentagon report intended for military commanders paints a dire picture of the state of Afghan security forces, particularly the Afghan National Army (ANA). President Obama is sending an additional 30,000 troops to the country in an effort to create conditions for U.S. withdrawal, but that strategy is threatened by the dismal state of the ANA.
Appearing on Rachel Maddow's show, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent Richard Engel discussed the report's conclusion is that, above the company level, the Afghan army is not at war.
The report also highlights the rampant levels of corruption: "Nepotism, corruption and absenteeism among ANA leaders makes success impossible. Change must come quickly."