As the Islamic State Rejoices, Obama Must Strike Back While He Still Can
In an article for Middle East Eye, Jason Pack argues that given the uncertainty around Trump’s future foreign policies, if Obama wants to take IS out for good, he must make bold moves while he still can. He concludes that:
If he chooses to double down, Obama must commit significant political capital to incentivising comprehensive political compromises between the different militia components of the anti-IS coalitions in Libya and Iraq. He must also ramp up our special forces commitments and risk significant American battlefield casualties to get the job done.
Just retaking key cities won’t be enough; IS has to be eradicated to be defeated. This means the un-PC step of killing all of its top leadership and decimating its rank and file. This was a tall order for a presumptive Clinton White House in 2017, and now it must be accomplished in Obama’s remaining two months or left to a very uncertain future.
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