OBAMA CHANGES OBJECTIVE IN WAR ON ISIS FROM ‘DESTROY’ TO ‘DEFEAT’

(Photo Credit, Pentagon)

(Photo Credit, Pentagon)

February 7, 2015

We The People:

The situations in the title above may at first be confusing to the reader.

The wording in the video is “So Obama,” play close attention as he says, “We have the Leadership.” comma, comma and the military to defeat the Islamic State. 

How about more military presence and aid and less “Leadership,” that Americans have not had since that cold January morning in 2009 when Obama was sworn in to office.

 
– The Washington Times – Friday, February 6, 2015

President Obama is changing the objective in the war against the Islamic State from “destroy” to “defeat.”

Military analysts say there is a big difference.

When Mr. Obama made a nationally televised address last September to announce the new war, he said the objective was to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.

But Friday, the White House released its new national security strategy that says, “We have undertaken a comprehensive effort to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.”

“A big difference in terms of commitment and resources,” said Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer and military analyst. “Destroying the enemy, depending on the nature of the enemy a state or non-state actor, means we will kill all combatants and their means to continue the fight––factories, transportation networks, economy.

“Defeat could mean a political solution that leaves the enemy combatants alive and ready to fight another day.”

 ISIL, an extremely violent Sunni terror army, now controls large portions of territory in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. launched an air campaign last August, but Mr. Obama has ruled out the introduction of ground combat forces, saying the Iraq army must fill that void.

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