Showing the Flag

ïNot since Viet Nam has the U.S. flexed so much muscle abroad

For a country at peace, the U.S. is throwing its military weight around a lot these days. To be sure, no American soldiers are on the attack anywhere in the world. But the U.S. has a remarkable portion of its troops, ships and planes around the planet, including contingents from every branch of the service deployed on three continents, well within shooting distance of hot combat zones—Lebanon, Chad, Central America. This show of force represents nothing so grand or explicit as a "Reagan...

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