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The most basic duties of a nation state are to protect its citizens from foreign violence and — when failing at that — to ensure that those who commit violence against it are seen to have made a grievous mistake.
For fourteen months, the Islamic State been allowed to get away with humiliating a military we spent over a decade — and countless billions — training. It has, moreover, done so despite our government’s explicit promise to defeat it, while encouraging and orchestrating domestic violence in the West. As noted in this morning’s Morning Jolt, it’s been a lot more success than failure of late, and there are dead Americans on three continents to prove it.