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Are America and Its Military Headed Unavoidably Toward an ‘Iraq Syndrome’?
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Are America and Its Military Headed Unavoidably Toward an ‘Iraq Syndrome’?

The protracted war in Iraq, with strains and costs on America’s military and society well beyond those anticipated by the current administration, has some experts fearing a lasting hangover akin to the so-called “Vietnam Syndrome” which afflicted policymakers, the armed forces, and America in general after that difficult conflict.

Two of the country’s leading national security specialists, Daniel Goure of the Lexington Institute and Joseph Cirincione of the Center for American Progress, debate whether America and its military are headed unavoidably toward an “Iraq Syndrome.”

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