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Ground Troops

So What If a Majority of Americans Wants to Send Ground troops to Syria?

Kirby Goidel | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

When posed with the possibility of war, in theory, Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice -- when lives are actually lost -- they like invading other countries much less. When an invasion seems like it might be costly, Americans often prefer more limited airstrikes or no military involvement at all.

Republicans Should Pass an AUMF or Stop Complaining

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are currently in a frenzy over Syria. But for all their noise, I notice there is not a single voice crying out to actually change anything in the most concrete way they have at their disposal.

Combat Casualties and War Talk

David Wood | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
David Wood

Easy talk about "boots on the ground" grates on the senses. It seems an awfully cavalier way to talk about the American battle dead buried at Arlington and in cemeteries across the country. Of those I have known, in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other conflicts, each one was proud of being "boots on the ground," serving his or her country, proud of what they were accomplishing. Weary, perhaps, but resolute in their determination to see the job done. None, needless to say, wanted to die this way. But they were willing, trusting that the decision to send them was a thoughtful, considered judgment necessary for the good of the country.

A Reluctant Warrior

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is trying to walk a very fine line between doing nothing and all-out war. He will be counting on others to do the ground fighting, which may depend on how much support America gets from regional allies. The end game of this limited warfare is going to be hard to see, however.

America Runs the Risk of Ground Troops If President Obama Fails to Save Iraq From ISIS

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If ISIS and instability continue to become an increased national security threat, it is entirely possible that we have a third Iraq War. The true test of this presidency will be how Obama solves the Iraq quagmire as well as how he plans on defeating ISIS in Iraq.

Conyers: Congress Should Bar U.S. Ground Troops From Libya

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Robert Naiman

It's far from inconceivable that we could find ourselves at a fork in the road in the future, as many do not believe the goal of forced regime change in Libya can be accomplished without ground troops.