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It is difficult to find anyone in the Obama administration who believes that putting up to 50 Special Operations soldiers on the ground in Syria will make much of a difference in the raging civil war there.In a few months, the United States will face the challenge again – back down or double down.America's military involvement against ISIS began in June 2014 with the limited deployment of 275 soldiers to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Within two months that had expanded to more than 1,000 military personnel, in part to support the embattled Yazidis. So, the United States went from having a few hundred advisers in South Vietnam in 1960 to more than half a million troops by 1968 .I do not see how American intervention will resolve things militarily or even improve the humanitarian situation there.And yet, it is becoming hard to describe U.S. policy as one of restraint when it now involves over 3,500 American forces actively engaged in Iraq and Syria in violation of many of the administration's own stated policies:r America was not going to put boots on the ground in Syria.
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