Nation-Building: One Element of a Larger Strategy

My humble contribution to the nation-building discussion thread: At the risk of stating the obvious, I think the United States should be very careful about intervening on the ground in places that are already failed states, or in places where our intervention is likely to hasten a failing state’s descent into failure. This should be the case whether the purpose is ostensibly humanitarian or not — I don’t understand why some who believe Iraq is a disaster want to intervene military in Darfur, for example. In cases where military intervention is necessary to protect U.S. national security interests (narrowly defined), […]

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