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Painful Choices by David A. Welch

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Introduction

DURING THE 2000 U.S. presidential campaign, Republican candidate George W. Bush criticized the Clinton administration for overextending American commitments, failing to focus on key American interests, and burdening the U.S. military with tasks unrelated to its core mission. A president should authorize the use of military force, Bush insisted in the first of two presidential debates with Democratic candidate Al Gore, only “if it’s in our vital national interests,” when there is “a clear understanding as to what the mission would be,” when the United States is “prepared and trained to . . . win,” and when there is a clear exit strategy. “I would take the use of force very seriously,” Bush asserted. “I would be guarded in my approach. ...

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