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Michael Gerson: On Iraq, president must tread carefully

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The summary moment of Barack Obama's foreign policy came in August 2013 during a consequential stroll. Walking on the South Lawn of the White House with his chief of staff, Obama effectively canceled airstrikes against the Syrian regime, which had used chemical weapons on civilians in defiance of an American "red line." With a deference usually unexpressed on domestic matters, Obama decided to request congressional permission for the use of force -- raising a hurdle ...

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