Kander On Afghanistan Withdrawal | Food Critics: Great Italian Eats
Afghanistan veteran Jason Kander's reactions to the ending of America's longest war and the Food Critics take us on a culinary tour of Italian eateries in the metro.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Jason Kander on hearing the news that all U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, "My first reaction was not an intellectual one, it was an emotional one. It just sort of took my breath away."
After earning his law degree, but before being elected as Missouri Secretary of State, Jason Kander served as a military intelligence officer in Afghanistan. Since hearing the news of the troop withdrawal, Kander has felt relief, guilt and worry over a decision he understands to be right and for which he has advocated.
- Jason Kander, president, Veterans Community Project
Segment 2, beginning at 32:49: The Kansas City area has a richer tradition of Italian food than many realize.
Although Italy is known for regional and seasonal dishes where pasta is but a single course, American-Italian dishes include favorites like spaghetti and and meatballs, lasagna and grinders. Whichever may be your preference, the Food Critics offer recommendations for both.