Why Islamic State will haunt Obama’s successor

(From The National Interest)

While rhetorically stirring, President Obama’s primetime Sunday evening remarks, in which he vowed to “eliminate IS,” lacked any substantive policy shifts in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings.

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Instead, he sought to re-assure the US public that his approach to fighting Islamic State (IS) is the best option, despite acknowledgements from the Pentagon that IS had not been “contained,” as Obama had wrongly stated hours before the Paris attacks.

Obama, as Peter Beinart noted recently in a column in The Atlantic, tends to view the threat of IS differently than his Republican counterparts. In Obama’s view, while IS has indeed proved problematic, the organization’s threat to the security of the US homeland remains minimal. Read More



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