A Lesson in Futilty for the Pentagon?

A Lesson in Futilty for the Pentagon? A New York Times debate featuring six points of view.

The U.S. military has long trained foreign troops to face threats in their countries and oppose common enemies. But such missions continue to be frustrating.

The results, as in Mali and Afghanistan, have frequently been disappointing, even shocking.

Is such training hopeless, even counterproductive, or are there effective ways to select and train allies to deal with a shared foe?

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