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FILE - This Oct. 2, 2012 file shows a man placing a sign letting people know where to line up for early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections, in Cincinnati. Tough new election laws aimed at forcing voters in many states to show photo identification at polling places have been blocked or delayed, delighting opponents who claim they were among a variety of partisan attempts to prevent minority voters from casting ballots. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
WASHINGTON: Want a good measure of how degraded the presidential foreign policy debate has become? Over the last four years, America has largely been a bystander in the largest strategic and humanitarian disaster of our time — the collapse of sovereignty in Syria, producing 5 million refugees, causing more than 300,000 deaths and empowering some of the most vicious, totalitarian nut jobs in the world.