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Steve Coll: Distant Wars Still Influence U.S. Democracy

The shock of the September 11 terrorist attacks forced Americans to reckon with the distant violence of Afghanistan, Pakistan and their radical Saudi Arabian-born guest, Osama bin Laden. This summer, in a presidential election season colored by government terror alerts, commentator and journalist Steve Coll argues that those faraway lands still have the power to influence American democracy.