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When pressed over war spending, withdrawals from our most costly overseas engagements, and the devastating public debt incurred to pay for it all, the Republican mantra over matters military is to “listen to commanders in the field”.  That is the equivalent of letting the tail wag the dog.  They don’t really believe it, either.

Where, when and how to engage our military is a strategic decision, not a military one.  It should be informed by military options available, costs and risks, but those are secondary to the big questions – should we be there, and why?

“Listen to commanders in the field” is a smoke screen, a coded transmission.  It means ‘expand the war effort, stay the course, send more troops’.  Decode the transmission, and ask yourself, is that good for America?

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