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If America ends up at war, it almost certainly will be on behalf of an ally. Washington collects allies like most people collect Facebook “friends.” The vast majority of U.S. allies are security liabilities, tripwires for conflict and war.

Yet American officials constantly abase themselves, determined to reassure the very countries which the U.S. is defending at great cost and risk. For instance, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio recently worried: “what ally around the world can feel safe in their alliance with us?” The right question is with what ally can America feel safe?

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