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War lessons from a replica French frigate

War lessons from a replica French frigate

This week, the replica of the Hermione, the French tall ship which brought the Marquis de Lafeyette and French soldiers in 1780 to help Americans defeat the British at Yorktown, is visiting Baltimore. It's also the week that Congress is debating whether to expand or contract U.S. aid to anti-Assad rebels in Syria's civil war. What do they have in common? They are both cases of big powers intervening in other people's civil wars. Given the moral ambiguity and unsatisfactory results of the U.S. interventions in Vietnam and elsewhere, many Americans understandably question even the concept of foreign intervention in civil wars. Can they serve America's interests and our...