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On Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed legendary filmmaker and documentarian Oliver Stone to the program to discuss his new project, the 10-part documentary series on Showtime, "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States."
The always candid and at time controversial director did not mince words when it came to his thoughts on Gen. David Petraeus and the recent scandal concerning the former CIA director that's rocked Washington. "The American media has come up with this narrative that he's the American hero who [was] betrayed by the woman," said Stone. "But it's not true. I see no evidence of his heroism."
"There has been no success in Iraq," continued Stone. "The so-called surge has been over hyped by the media as a success, when, in fact, Iraq was trashed almost from the beginning to the end, and it was in worse shape when he left. He didn't leave it well."
Stone also had issue with Petraeus' military campaigns in Afghanistan. "He conned Obama into adding 30,000 troops it was into Afghanistan, with a plan that he would win with this counter-insurgency program," Stone said. "Where is it? Where are the results? They're nonexistent. Afghanistan is worse off."
The re-election of President Barack Obama was also on topic during Monday evening's interview where Stone gave the president his approval, although cautiously:
"I'm pleased he won the election. I voted for him," said Stone about Obama. "It was a better choice than Romney. But both men are operating inside of the economy where American security is paramount."
"Obama said that America is the indispensable nation again," continued Stone. "It's a very dangerous rhetoric. We're not indispensable. We're not God appointed. We are very - we should be very humble in the face of the prosperity that we have. But we've used our - frankly, we've become like the New York Yankees a bit, like a little arrogant."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Stone shares why he thinks America is falling into the "old concept of American empire."
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