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A halfhearted U.S. war effort in the Middle East
A halfhearted U.S. war effort in the Middle East

A common thread connects U.S. military operations of the last 20 or more years: We've persistently tried to fight them on the cheap. In gauging the requirements of a prospective campaign, “What do we need to win?” has repeatedly taken a back seat to “What's the minimum we can get by with?” The ongoing air campaign against Islamic State illustrates the point. Having declared that this new threat must be destroyed, the Obama administration refuses to provide the forces needed to do just that. Hence, Washington's unseemly scramble to recruit proxies willing and able to do what the United States won't do: put “boots on the ground.” The...

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