Peggy Noonan’s column begins:

The biggest takeaway, the biggest foreign-policy fact, of the past decade is this: America has to be very careful where it goes in the world, because the minute it’s there—the minute there are boots on the ground, the minute we leave a footprint—there will spring up, immediately, 15 reasons America cannot leave. The next day there will be 30 reasons, and the day after that 45. They are often serious and legitimate reasons.

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Confining this insight to foreign policy is too narrow a perspective. The biggest takeaway is that whenever government gets involved in any kind of disbursement of resources, “there will spring up, immediately, 15 reasons America cannot leave. The next day there will be 30 reasons, and the day after that 45. They are often serious and legitimate reasons.”  This applies to foreign policy adventures as well as domestic programs. It’s the same problem: people become dependent on the existence of the disbursement.

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