Four questions about Obama’s Isil strategy

September 14, 2014 4:04 PM

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After a pre-speech rollout campaign that surpassed any of President Barack Obama’s other foreign policy initiatives in recent years, we finally arrived at Obama’s speech ostensibly outlining a strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Apparently there will be a lot of degrading and destroying.

1) Exactly how big a threat is Isil to the United States? Public opinion polls suggest that Americans are freaking out a bit about Isil, as it is known. But in statement after statement, US intelligence and counterterrorism officials acknowledge that Isil lacks the capability to hit at the United St...

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