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Interview :: War and Militarism
VIDEO: The "Safe Haven" Myth - Prof. Stephen Walt
27 Aug 2009
President Obama defended the expansion of the war by calling it a "war of necessity."
Harvard Prof. Stephen Walt takes on Obama's justification for escalating the Afghanistan war.
Obama's "national interest" argument is that another 9/11 will occur if we do not defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"You have to unpack the argument and judge whether our national interest is really at stake. Afghanistan is a mountainous country with a weak central government. We don't have a good record in occupying and running countries we don't understand. Social engineering is dubious. Occupying countries helps the Taliban narrative and Taliban recruiting. The Taliban is heterogenous; many do not share the Jihad desire to overthrow the West.."

to watch Prof. Stephen Walt on Democracy Now August 24, 2009, click on
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