Jeb Bush’s major foreign policy speech earlier this month offered a lesson in the pitfalls of a politician named Bush talking about Iraq. But Bush and other Republican presidential candidates are doing more than engaging in historical revisionism; they are missing the larger lessons of what went wrong in Iraq.
At first blush, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Obama administration’s aid plans for Central America appear unrelated. But the trade deal could unintentionally impede Central America’s economic development, especially its labor market, undermining Washington’s policy and security goals in the region.
The U.S. Army’s ability to do many things, from humanitarian relief to high tempo combat, has always been one of its selling points. But this utility can be pushed too far as demands grow: A case can be made that today America is asking its Army to do too much with the resources it is given.