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Risks of war [Editorial]
Risks of war [Editorial]

Members of both parties in the House of Representatives held their noses this week to pass legislation authorizing the president to train foreign forces to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the Senate is due to vote on the same measure today. Many Republicans have reluctantly supported the measure even though many think it doesn't go far enough, while many Democrats back it in a show of solidarity with their party's president despite serious misgivings about where a war vote could ultimately lead. Congress' ambivalence reflects a deep uncertainty surrounding whether the Obama administration's strategy for degrading and defeating ISIS, the terrorist...

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