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REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Secretary of State John Kerry (R) as he delivers a statement on legislation sent to Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State, from the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington February 11, 2015. Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State that would bar any large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops and limit operations to three years

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The American people to its leaders: Ground troops against ISIS and a stronger national defense

February 20, 2015, William A. Galston

Since the war in Iraq, the American people have shied away from major commitments of ground troops abroad. In this post, William Galston looks at two new surveys that suggest public opinion may be shifting toward a more muscular foreign policy than the Obama administration has pursued. 

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