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A ‘Foreign Affairs’ headline that made me cringe: ‘The Irony of American Strategy’

Richard Haass is a pretty smart guy, but he let someone talk him into this headline: ‘The Irony of American Strategy.’ Like, gag me with a spoon. Cute? Maybe. But I think that headline could only be written by someone who had not lost someone in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last ...

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Richard Haass is a pretty smart guy, but he let someone talk him into this headline: ‘The Irony of American Strategy.'

Like, gag me with a spoon. Cute? Maybe. But I think that headline could only be written by someone who had not lost someone in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 12 years.

Actually the article isn't bad, although it leans heavily on the weak thought that 10 years ago the United States got deeply involved in the Middle East when it didn't need to, but now when it wants to get out, it can't. That strikes me more as an op-ed (or blog post) than a full-blown Foreign Affairs thumbsucker. 

Richard Haass is a pretty smart guy, but he let someone talk him into this headline: ‘The Irony of American Strategy.’

Like, gag me with a spoon. Cute? Maybe. But I think that headline could only be written by someone who had not lost someone in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 12 years.

Actually the article isn’t bad, although it leans heavily on the weak thought that 10 years ago the United States got deeply involved in the Middle East when it didn’t need to, but now when it wants to get out, it can’t. That strikes me more as an op-ed (or blog post) than a full-blown Foreign Affairs thumbsucker. 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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