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Our military power is not something to shy away from, nor apologize for

In the article “In Hagel, Kerry, a wariness of war” (Page A1, Jan. 8), this nation’s recent forays are portrayed by some observers as “military adventurism,” a “distraction,” or “stupid engagements.”

Peter Mansoor, a retired Army colonel and professor of military history at Ohio State University, said that it is unlikely that Chuck Hagel or John F. Kerry would “recommend going to war in the manner that the Bush administration did,” and said that Kerry would require a “sound strategy, a clear mission, and the resources to get the job done.”

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