Rather has a special interest in Afghanistan and has been back almost on a yearly basis since 2001. He also has developed a soft spot for Canada.
"Covering the civil rights movement in its early stages and Dr. Martin Luther King in the early 1960s changed me dramatically as a person and as a professional. Often when I think if I had to pick one thing I guess that would be it," he said from New York.
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American troops Beats Case are scheduled to begin pulling out this year. Canada's mission in Afghanistan came to an end in March.
The former anchor for the CBS Evening News is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine "Dan Rather Reports" on the cable channel AXS TV. president John F. civil rights movement, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as well as the Sept.
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"We don't know yet because the final chapter of this era in Afghanistan is yet to be written. It will take a while for history to judge whether it was worth it or not," he said.
"I don't think that Americans say it often enough and that is how much I personally appreciate, and my family appreciates, the contributions Canada made in helping the United States and supporting us in the wake of 9 11 and most especially with the long, tortuous war in Afghanistan," Rather said.
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"This was something very nice, a good time of year and a wonderful place, so I'm honoured and pleased and hope it is not a predictor of what's ahead," the 82 year old said with a chuckle.
Rather said it's still too soon to say if NATO involvement in the war torn country was worth it.
"On the other hand, when we went into Afghanistan in 1980 this was a different era just after the Soviets had invaded being able to walk in and walk out of Afghanistan as we did at the time also is heavy in my memory as is 9 11."
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