L. Paul Bremer III

Don't rule out 'boots on the ground' [Commentary]

Don't rule out 'boots on the ground' [Commentary]

Geopolitical analysts are especially fond of quoting Edmund Burke and George Santayana on the folly of ignoring the lessons of history and the dangers of repeating the original decisions. But what's even more imprudent, and potentially fatal, is to learn the wrong lessons from history — and by avoiding the previous mistakes, plow ahead without understanding the causes of their failure.

President Barack Obama is now in danger of steering a perilous course in confronting the threat of Islamic State in the Middle East (also known as ISIS or ISIL) by seeking to avoid any suggestion that American ground troops will be needed to defeat these extremist forces. Mindful of the grave...