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By Fareed Zakaria
We are now in the air power phase of the campaign against ISIS. These actions usually go well, think of the air wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. The United States has the world's most advanced planes, rockets, and drones and an extraordinarily capable military.
But what usually follows is messy, think of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Ground forces have to fight locals and guerrillas in irregular combat. The most important questions turn out to be political. Are the local groups, tribes, and sects fighting with the Americans or against them?
In Iraq, the most important problem remains that the Sunnis do not feel represented by the Baghdad government. President Obama keeps saying that we have a new government in Iraq, but the implication that it is now inclusive is false. Sunnis continue to have ceremonial posts with little power. The army continues to be dominated by Shiites at the upper echelons.
The result is visible on the ground.
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