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Use mercenaries to fight ISIS? [Commentary]
Use mercenaries to fight ISIS? [Commentary]

On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O'Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy. The use of mercenaries is as old as warfare itself. Alexander the Great used them. King George III hired German mercenaries to fight for the British in the American Revolution. Today mercenaries go by other names, like “contractor." The president is to be commended for assembling a coalition that includes Arab states, but why are more of  our European allies not part of it?  Under Mr. O'Reilly's scenario,...

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