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Cease-fire negotiations have proved fruitless as Israeli ground forces join the fighting.
Violence between Israelis and Palestinians is dragging the United States back into a conflict it hoped to avoid as it refocuses attention away from the Middle East.
In the last few years, as politicians, judges, and other campaigners were stymied, the political will to fight graft has eroded.
Washington hopes to reduce spiraling Taliban violence, but it is losing its most potent leverage: troop presence.
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Halie Craig is an associate fellow at the R Street Institute in Washington and a former trade policy advisor to Sen. Pat Toomey.