PhD level debate
the national objective is to oust the current regime
then the question should be, will this approach, arming the opposition, achieve that objective
the answer to that question should reveal the legitimacy of the proposal
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I'll acknowledge that the crappy democracy we've set up is going to thrive like a water lilly in Death Valley, but we didn't invade afghanistan because they weren't democratic enough. We only put in that Potemkin Democracy to make us feel better about ourselves, like using an adorable lace doilly to avoid looking at the murder weapon we just used.
So we had victory in the war in Afghanistan. Any democracy that enjoys rule of law and prevents future terrorists from training there is just gravy. That's gravy we've paid a pretty penny for and won't get anyway, but gravy.