Strategic Horizons: After Military Drawdown, Will America Come Back?

Metz, Steven
June 2013
World Politics Review (19446284);6/19/2013, p2
The article discusses U.S.'s retrenchment as it disengaged from a major role in Iraq and Afghanistan, cut defense spending and reduced the armed forces. President Barack Obama's 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance has instructed the military to stop its preparation for large-scale, protracted counterinsurgency operations. It notes that if done badly, the current round of retrenchment may make future renewal more difficult and costly as allies learn to get by without the U.S.


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