Can the United States maintain a "limited" military force in Iraq to stop the Islamist militants targeting ethnic minorities in that country? At Politico, Philip Ewing notes how difficult that strategy may be for President Barack Obama:
The president is trying to preserve his own foreign policy outlook — using “limited” military action to prevent a potential genocide — but without committing himself so much as to risk his defining promise to keep American boots off the ground in Iraq.
Skeptics wonder whether it’s possible to keep walking this tightrope.
“I keep seeing people on TV talking about ‘mission creep,’ but I think the real problem is mission shrink,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, an experienced Iraq War commander who’s now a senior fellow with the Institute for the Study of War.