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Exiting Quagmires In Afghanistan And Syria: Consensus Is Broken And Not Fixable by Michael Krepon

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Donald Trump wants to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, to the consternation of those who sent and kept them there. Trump’s announcement has subsequently been amended, clarified and perhaps neutered. Confusion reigns, but one thing is clear: The post 9/11 consensus about waging ground wars against extremist groups has been shattered.

Any time that presidential aspirant Elizabeth Warren and Fox opinion stalwarts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson are in essential agreement, opposed by neo-cons in the Bush administration along with defenders of the liberal international order from the Obama administration, you know that Humpty Dumpty has fallen and cannot be put back together again.

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