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Americans express ambivalence over a new Mideast military plunge
Americans express ambivalence over a new Mideast military plunge

As the afternoon sun blazed down on the 9/11 Memorial, Derek Cooper weighed another U.S. military plunge into the Middle East. "It's hard to say we shouldn't be the world's police, but at the same time, how would the world be if we weren't?" asked the 32-year-old visitor from Vacaville. "I think a lot of times, we should keep our noses out of the business going on in the world. We've been in the Middle East one way or another for this long. What have we really accomplished?" Going back and forth with himself in the shade near the memorial's twin reflecting pools, amid a scattering of yellow roses and other tokens to the departed, Cooper...

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