Violence rocks Afghanistan - a sobering reminder today that America's longest war has not yet yielded a secure Afghanistan. Just hours after Erin Burnett wrapped up an interview with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta at the U.S. base in Kandahar, a brazen attack occurred outside the base.
A suicide bomber struck, killing one American service member and two Afghan civilians. And three Americans and 18 Afghans were also wounded.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, praising the "brave Taliban fighter" who carried it out.
Secretary Panetta met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and invited him to Washington to meet with President Obama next month.
The key questions for these leaders: Where do things now stand and what next?