World News is heading off to one of the crucial battlefields in the war against the terrorists -- Afghanistan. Diane Sawyer will broadcast from there this week and her plate is quite full.
We’ll spend considerable time with the American commander on the ground, General Stanley McChrystal. It was the General’s controversial assessment which spurred the President to order a surge in American forces or risk losing the fight. We’ll be there as he reviews his troops; try to find out what makes him tick, get insight into his thought process in prosecuting the war.
And we’ll try to gauge the war effort itself from the inside. Weekend GMA Anchor Bill Weir and an ABC News team will be in the middle of the action as US soldiers face the daunting challenge of chasing down the enemy by night and trying to win the hearts and minds of the local villagers by day.
Another important pillar in the US strategy is the Afghan security force. We’ll get a firsthand look at US efforts to transform under-trained, under-paid army and police into efficient units eventually able take the reins. Without them, the US could be in for a long slog.
And we’ll try to get a slice of Afghan life -- how ordinary Afghanis live and work and raise their children. We have a new ABC News poll which finds Afghanis optimistic about their future for the first time in a very long time. In another installment of our award winning series, “Where Things Stand”, we’ll have an opportunity to put those poll numbers to the test on the streets and in the homes of real people -- their hopes and dreams and fears.
All the details just a click away in this space tomorrow. Talk to you then.