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The bad habit with which the United States was left by victory in the Cold War was to believe that the war had been a-zero sum game, which is to say that whoever won, won. They were now and forever Number One, the leader in whatever international situation demanded solution.

Islamic State? Stand aside — the U.S. will send bombers and lead a coalition. Ebola? U.S. special forces and military hospitals are on the way!

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