The Liberal Case for Intervening in Syria and Iraq

A recent dinner conversation turned into a lengthy and heated debate about U.S. foreign policy that left me despairing for liberalism.

It all began innocuously enough. One of my dinner companions, whom I’ll call “Gary,” started by criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to attacks the Islamic State group. I suppose I could have just let it pass completely, but I decided to demur on the narrow ground that I’m what used to be known as a “liberal interventionist.” This provoked an unexpectedly sweeping retort from Gary: “Name one country where American military intervention succeeded in making things better.”

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