Gen. Dempsey tried to push back against fears of mission creep, an unexpected expansion beyond original goals. But experience in past wars shows how unpredictably the waging of a “limited” military action breaks the expected limits.
What happens, for example, if our bombing strikes a chemical weapons compound and endangers civilians? Will we need American military boots on the ground to secure it?
Team Obama did not want to speculate about that. But those are the kind of questions that I think Sen. Obama would have asked.
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