This piece was originally published in The Jerusalem Post.
One is hard put to find another cliché that is as counterfactual and damaging to US foreign policy as the widely held belief that US lost the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and hence must avoid another land war in Asia. “No (American) boots on the ground” – even after we learned that the Islamic State (IS) threat is global rather than local. Thus, the highly respected head of The Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haas, stated, “A US or NATO force wouldn’t fare better in western Iraq and much of Syria than the US force in Iraq or a NATO force did in Afghanistan.” (Haas hinted that some boots might be OK.) Previously, Robert M. Gates stated that any future defense secretary who advises the president to send a large American land force into the Middle East or Africa should “have his head examined.”
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