REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with French President Francois Hollande during the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in the Bavarian town of Kruen, Germany June 8, 2015.

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U.S. leadership and the threat to international order

November 24, 2015, Robert Kagan

For several years, President Obama has operated under a set of assumptions about the Middle East: First, there could be no return of U.S. ground troops in sizeable numbers to the region; and second, the United States had no interests in the region great enough to justify such a renewed commitment. These assumptions could have been right, but instead they have proven to be wrong.

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