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  •  actually the US did react to the (5+ / 0-)

    equivalent of firing missiles into Manhattan or the Bronx after 9/11.  We also see the problem of trying a military solution to a complicated, nuanced problem.  Our incursion into Afghanistan may have been justified (though it is still debatable as the Taliban would have probably eventually sold bin Laden to us.  They did not like him) and then we stayed.
    We also hit Iraq and we see the results of the two incursions the repercussions of which continue to reverberate through our society

    So you are correct about the US responding as robustly as Israel to provocation.  The only question is if the Israeli response go as terribly awry as our response did

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