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How in good conscience?

Posted: January 20, 2014 at 3:20 a.m.

By early 2011, writes former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he had concluded that President Obama “doesn’t believe in his own [Afghanistan] strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his.” Not his? America is at war and he’s America’s commander-in-chief. For the soldier being shot at in the field, it makes no difference under whose administration the fighting began. In fact, three out of four Americans killed in Afghanistan have died under Barack Obama’s command. That’s ownership enough.

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Editorial, Pages 10 on 01/20/2014

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