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Viewpoint: Blake Hounshell

From ForeignPolicy.com: “When the United States withdrew from Vietnam, we weren’t worried about North Vietnamese communists and Viet Cong...

“When the United States withdrew from Vietnam, we weren’t worried about North Vietnamese communists and Viet Cong cadres blowing up car bombs in American cities. They took over the South, and that was a shame, but the so-called domino effect proved vastly overblown. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, however, the bad guys really will come after us. Left unmolested, they will increasingly have the means to do so. Drones are hugely unpopular in Pakistan; they don’t seem like a sustainable long-term option, particularly after the U.S. leaves. What, then, will prevent al Qaida and friends from coming back? The Afghan military? Eventually, the region’s poison will drain. But there will be many dangerous years ahead of us before then.” 

Blake Hounshell in ForeignPolicy.com

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