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Wider U.S. Strikes in Pakistan? Plus, Chris Hedges on Peace

U.S. commanders consider expanding operations in Pakistan, some sources say. What would that mean? Plus, we hear a call for peace.

U.S. servicemen drink tea with an Afghan man near the Pakistani border in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan, Dec 20, 2010. (AP)

We’re talking war and peace today. 

On the war front, a high-profile report says senior U.S. commanders in Afghanistan are chomping at the bit to take the war into Pakistan, with U.S. Special Forces, on the ground, to go after Taliban and Al Qaeda safe havens. There are denials all round, but it is a red hot and arresting trial balloon. 

On the peace front, we talk with Chris Hedges, who last week took anti-war protest to the gates of the White House, where he and more than one hundred others were arrested. They’re not quitting. 

-Tom Ashbrook

Read the New York Times’ article, “U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan,” which touched off the debate.

Guests:

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist and best-selling author. His most recent book is “Descent Into Chaos: How the war against Islamic extremism is being lost in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.”

Daniel Goure, vice president with the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization headquartered in Arlington, VA. He worked for the Pentagon during the first Bush Administration.

Closing Segment:

Chris Hedges is a long-time, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent and now a writer and peace activist. He is a columnist for TruthDig.com. He was arrested recently in front of the White House as part of a demonstration against U.S. foreign policy and the current conflicts abroad. He joins us.

See Chris Hedges’ speech last week. And see images from the civil disobedience action in front of the White House by Veterans for Peace, where Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and many others were arrested:

A protestor is carried away by police during a demonstration outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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