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What would Charles Wolf Jr. do in Afghanistan?

1:15 PM, Feb 7, 2011 • By ANN MARLOWE
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Yes, it’s hard for big-hearted Americans to see poverty in Afghanistan. But poverty doesn’t cause rebellion, and Wolf/Leites argue that increasing the disposable income of the population may just enable them to buy protection from the insurgents. (Some American aid in Vietnam “almost certainly helped the Viet Cong.”) There will be plenty of time to improve the living situation of the Afghans once they are living in peace.

 Ann Marlowe is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute and blogs for World Affairs.

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