Reluctant Warriors Make Special Mistakes

By Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest - September 25, 2014

The Obama Administration has just started its second Middle Eastern war, this one in Syria following some warm-up exercises in Iraq.  This follows the one it started in Libya back in March 2011, which, despite its coalition character and international legal pretense, may now fairly be reckoned a multi-dimensional disaster: it comes complete with a gratuitous failed state (as if we needed another one in the region), wild-eyed, murderous Islamist militias running around in the vacuum, a murdered American ambassador, collateral damage from Algeria to Mali to Northern Nigeria, and a probable forthcoming Egyptian intervention with consequences very much unknown.

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