The Department of Defense says more than 19,000 American service members were sexually assaulted in 2010. Last month, two Air Force Generals appeared before Congress to explain what’s being called “a culture of sexual assault.” A new documentary on the subject, called “The Invisible War,” has been nominated for an Oscar. KCRW’s Matt Holzman talked to the filmmakers and some of the film’s subjects.
America’s longest war is winding down, but it’s not over yet, and there are as many unresolved issues as there are parties involved. The White House and the Pentagon haven’t agreed on the pace of troop withdrawal or how many US soldiers should stay after 2014. Talks with the Karzai regime and the Taliban raise more questions than answers about security and corruption. Will a wildly inflated economy collapse when foreign troops and contractors are gone? Will democracy, free expression and human rights have a future?