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Slippery Slope? Obama Promises 300 'Advisors' to Besieged Iraqis

Slippery Slope? Obama Promises 300 'Advisors' to Besieged Iraqis
Obama chooses the middle road in Iraq: the US will send 300 military 'advisors' to a besieged Iraqi government. He discounted more robust options for now, but did not take off the table air strikes to help the faltering Iraqi military.
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War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq

War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq
The prospect of the U.S. military returning to the fight in Iraq has turned congressional hawks into doves. Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found now harbor doubts that air strikes will turn back insurgents threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and Baghdad. Fears of Mideast quagmire and weariness after a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan loom large for even those who talk tough on national security. More than 6,000 Americans died in those wars, which cost a trillion dollars.
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Donna Cassata and Bradley Klapper
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Iran and the Cuban Missle Crisis

Joseph PalermoThe unrepentant neo-cons and backbenchers on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team, such as Dan Senor and Cofer Black, always advise their candidate to attack signs of “weakness” coming from President Obama. The Administration’s announcement of direct talks between the U.S. and Iran should be welcomed as good news by those who don’t wish to see yet another bloodbath in the Middle East but Romney can be counted on to condemn the diplomatic breakthrough as insufficiently hawkish.
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