Determining when and where to serve “the interest of humanity” is not a science. In a broken world, American policymakers must seek the counsel of the heart and the head, aim for the achievable, and choose the least-bad option.
Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack, a joint American and Filipino army desperately defended the Philippines against a Japanese invasion while fighting on both the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. Despite dim prospects for outside help, the garrison seriously delayed the Japanese timetable for conquest in the Pacific.
After the Six Day War, peace with the Palestinians remains the elusive piece needed to bring this century-long Israel-Palestine conflict to an end. The war reshaped the conflict, but sadly its final resolution remains somewhere over the horizon.