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Will Obama shun perpetual war?

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Midway through his inaugural address, Barack Obama proclaimed, "A decade of war is now ending." A cynical listener might respond: "And a new decade of war is about to begin." Obama sounded pacific notes Monday. But it will be a huge surprise if he can get through four years without going to war. Military force should not be a frequent recourse for our leaders. For the first century or so of the...

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