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Obama can't escape war
Obama can't escape war

There's a certain irony in the fact that the American president who won the office vowing to end the two wars he inherited finds himself after six years as much a wartime president as the man he succeeded. President George W. Bush seized the role with vigor following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, by going into Afghanistan in pursuit of the perpetrators. Then, before finishing the job, he pivoted to Iraq and started his own war, soon donning his old Air Force pilot's garb to declare, prematurely, "Mission Accomplished." Mr. Bush left the ensuing messes in both countries to incoming President Barack Obama, who had sought the Oval Office promising to end what he called...