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Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:58

Army's Westphal Backs Off on Need for U.S. Troops in Mexico

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During a speech to the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal (left) called the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border an “insurgency.” An unnamed Mexican official condemned Westphal’s remarks, as did a university assistant professor of political science and Latin American studies. The next day, CNN U.S. reported the Undersecretary was backing off his comments, expressing his regrets for his “inaccurate statements.”

Westphal, the second-highest ranking civilian official in the U.S. Army, was lecturing on the complicated challenges, and economic and bureaucratic obstacles faced by decision-makers in the Middle East and South Asia. He responded to a student's question about blind spots in U.S. foreign policy, claiming his personal opinion that:

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