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Hey, let’s ignore the foreign policy experts: What could be more American!

The more I think about it, the more I am bothered by smart people who suddenly say, "Hey, I’ve got it, let’s forget about the foreign policy experts."

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The more I think about it, the more I am bothered by smart people who suddenly say, Hey, I’ve got it, let’s forget about the foreign policy experts.

Thus it was with Paul Wolfowitz on Iraq and the Middle East after 9/11. Don’t listen to the Middle East experts, he scoffed. They’re the ones who got us into this mess.

And so it is with Ben Rhodes, generally it seems. They are, unfortunately, much more like each other than they realize. And neither one understands that their clever views are what gets 19-year-old Marines killed in places that neither one understands. I can see how that might piss off some people.

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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. @tomricks1
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