Carter: ‘Serious Doubts’ on Afghanistan

BY Larisa Epatko  November 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM EST

Former President Carter told Ray Suarez in an interview airing soon on the NewsHour that he has “serious doubts” that the U.S. will prevail in Afghanistan under the current set of goals.

“My belief is that we’ll constantly reduce our expectations or our goals lower and lower and lower until we can finally get out without serious embarrassment,” he said, adding that he didn’t think the U.S. has the capability or will to prevail militarily against the Taliban.

“That seems to me to be an almost hopeless case,” he said.

Watch an excerpt from his upcoming interview:

The interview was taped at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., and sponsored by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.

Another former president making the rounds — President George W. Bush, who recently visited Facebook headquarters to promote his book, “Decision Points” — said he thought the Obama administration has handled Afghanistan well.

“I think the idea of putting more troops in is something I can applaud,” he said. Watch more of his interview from Monday.

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