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Obama steps away from the Powell Doctrine
Obama steps away from the Powell Doctrine

We're three months into our newest war, the one against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and nobody's happy with how it's going. Hawks complain that President Obama isn't committing enough military force to win. Doves, noting that Obama just doubled the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, worry that the conflict will become the kind of slippery slope that drew us into quagmires such as Vietnam. And critics on both sides charge that the administration has no clear strategy for success. There's an element of truth in all those critiques, but they all miss the point. What has so many people perplexed, I think, is that in Iraq, Obama has — without announcing it...

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