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Pentagon Official: King Would Support Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Jeh C. Johnson
Jeh C. Johnson

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will forever be best remembered as a civil rights leader, but he was also an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. But as Amanda Terkel reports, a top Obama administration official at the Department of Defense argues that if King were alive, he would understand and perhaps even support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At a Pentagon commemoration this past week of King's accomplishments, DOD General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson, who serves as the chief legal officer of the DoD and the legal adviser to the secretary of defense, suggested that today's wars are in line with the reverend's teachings.

Johnson, whose comments are certainly thought-provoking and worthy of discussion and contemplation, said: