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Legalism in Wartime | National Affairs

Ever since the September 11th attacks plunged America into a global conflict against radical Islamist terror groups — not to mention ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — we have learned a great deal about how our country organizes for and wages war. Among the most striking lessons we have learned is that lawyers and judges now play starring roles both in making national-security policy and in overseeing military operations. The result is that, when it comes to the American government’s efforts to provide for the common defense, a far-reaching legalism has taken hold. Continue reading

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