The U.S. has stymied itself politically and militarily in any response to North Korea's nuclear test by alienating its allies and involving itself in prolonged fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the result is foes emboldened to develop nuclear weapons. So say several former top Air Force and intelligence officials. They contend the U.S. military response is muted not because it's inappropriate, but because there are not enough ground troops available to back up air strikes and ...

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