June 02, 2009

Dave Kilcullen on Aussie TV

Talkin' sense. Read the transcript and watch the video here.

In Afghanistan, we have a lot of support from the local population and we have, you know, a very large level of international community commitment. In Pakistan on the other hand, we've got 100 nuclear weapons, we've got Al Qaeda headquarters sitting right there in the part of the country that the government doesn't control. We've got a huge developed country and the potential for extremist takeover if this doesn't go well, and that's a problem that should really keep most of us awake at night because of the number of nuclear weapons involved and the fact this is a central part of South Asia, not some kind of backwater.