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Push to flex ‘American muscle’ abroad is disconnected from reality

Jeff Jacoby’s Dec. 30 Op-ed column (“Kerry’s ‘realist’ approach slips into callousness”) criticizes Senator John F. Kerry for his reluctance to flex “American muscle . . . in order to promote liberal democracy” as an instrument of foreign policy.

Is it possible that Jacoby’s ardent support for a bellicose foreign policy is fueled by the simple fact that, unlike Kerry, he has never served in the military in time of war?

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