The danger of giving friendly countries false encouragement

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December 6, 2016
The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  
Posted in Commentary

"Advocates for 'tougher' policies toward other states are often quite willing to put the well-being of the countries they want to 'support' at greater risk in order to score points and poke a rival in the eye. When it comes time to pay the price for our posturing at the expense of the smaller country, the same hawks that helped bring on the crisis are never called to account for what they did. In practice, this usually means that the U.S. either hangs the other country out to dry or finds itself having to back up an increased commitment that most Americans never agreed to make. The one is embarrassing, and the other is dangerous." (12/06/16)  

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