Syria: A 'Red Line' Obama Shouldn't Cross

Why his legacy will hinge on battles closer to home and would be hurt by another military morass.

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He has spent much of his time in office extricating us from the fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan. He ought to be remembered for binding up the nation's wounds and putting its people back to work, not immersing us in a costly and inconclusive mess.

Jack White, a former columnist for Time magazine, is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va., and a contributing editor at The Root.

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is a former columnist for TIME magazine and a regular contributor to The Root.