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Lewyn Addresses America

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There is a great deal I don’t understand about what, if anything, the US should do about ISIS (or ISIL or whatever their names are).

1.  To hawks: if we couldn’t beat the Taliban or al-Qaeda with tens of thousands of American troops, what makes you think we can beat ISIS (which seems to be richer and more powerful, according to what I’ve read) even if we do bring in ground troops?

2.  To doves: if we wait for ISIS to attack us, what’s your strategy for fighting back? How is it any more likely to succeed than the strategy discussed in my last paragraph?


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