The Obama Way of War: Special Ops, Syria and History

Special operations forces deliver a unique “temporary” advantage, whether it’s rescuing hostages, hunting SCUDs, training a freedom fighter or taking down a terrorist. A special-ops “mission accomplished” delivers either a quick and passing win (like getting bin Laden) or an essential preparatory act for a larger campaign (such as harassing Japanese supply lines in Burma during World War II before the Allied counteroffensive). There are no signs that the administration has a serious strategy for strangling ISIS. So it’s not clear that these special operations for a preparation for any step other than seeing out the end of the president’s term in office.

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