August 22, 2014

Hillary's 'Mission Impossible' Doctrine

Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

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Inaction guarantees that the U.S. won't spend blood and treasure in a way that does not help or inadvertently harms us–though inaction has costs and risks too. 

Another way forward would be to choose which enemy poses the biggest threat, focus on defeating it, and understand that in doing so we'd be compromising other goals. 

Then there's what we could call the "Mission Impossible" approach to geopolitics, where the seeming tradeoffs are so unappealing that one tries to avoid them.

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TAGGED: Hillary Clinton, ISIS, Syria, Iran, Bashar Al-Assad

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