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War lite -- Obama's limited Iraq goals
War lite -- Obama's limited Iraq goals

The United States is stepping into its third Iraq war in 24 years. But if President Obama has his way, this one will be fought under different rules. In a speech at West Point last month, Obama outlined a new "light footprint" approach to fighting terrorist groups in the Muslim world, one that relies mostly on U.S.-supported local forces, not American troops. The strategy, he explained, "expands our reach without sending forces that stretch our military thin or stir up local resentments." The countries he had in mind, Obama said, were Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali and Syria. He barely even mentioned Iraq. But now, thanks to the march toward Baghdad by ISIS, the...

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