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How the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Shaped the Obama Administration

Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon says that conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq presented Obama with a situation that none of his five predecessors had to contend with in their early months in the White House. Brookings’s six-month report card, which premiered on the opinion pages of the Sunday Washington Post, examined “common defense” as one of three constitutional mandates required by the nation’s founders.

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