Pamela Constable, Washington Post - US to Afghanistan:

Pamela Constable, Washington Post
US to Afghanistan: "We'll drop you off at the abyss."


It was already late at night on January 6, when the telephone rang awakening our guest, Washington Post correspondent Pamela Constable, from a sound sleep. What was the reason for the call?

“It was from a friend back home late at night on January 6, asking if I was OK. She feared I had been covering the Capitol Hill violence and thought we were in the same time zone. Groggy with sleep, I answered, “No, no, I’m safe. I’m in Kabul.”

January 6 in Washington was a fearful afternoon… when a mob of MAGA-terrorists, inflamed by ranters like Rudy Giuliani, Ted Cruz and the President of the United States Donald Trump surged from a sedition pep rally to attack the U.S. Congress inside the Capitol. A terrifying and historic assault on the rule of law in the United States, but over in a few hours. Meanwhile, in Kabul, Adam Nossiter of the New York Times would report a few days later: “Fear is omnipresent,” quoting an executive at a leading Afghan communications firm. “It’s gone from a state of fear to a state of being.”



Pamela Constable is a staff writer for The Washington Post’s foreign desk. She completed a tour as Afghanistan/Pakistan bureau chief in 2019, and served as a South Asia bureau chief based in India from 1999 to 2005. She also reported from Iraq in 2004 and 2005. She previously covered immigration issues and immigrant communities while based in Washington for The Post. Before joining The Post in 1994, she was a reporter, editor and foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe from 1982 to 1994, reporting mainly from Central and South America and the Caribbean. She was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun from 1978 to 1982. She is an author and has held writing fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and the Pew Journalism Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and president of the Afghan Stray Animal League.




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