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  • Obama’s policy options on the Islamic State, and who’s pushing them

    The Washington Post - 08/25/2014

    During a White House press briefing last week, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes was clear on the administration’s ultimate goal with regard to the Islamic State: “Absolutely, in the long term our objective would be to see an organization like ISIL defeated,” said Rhodes.

    He wasn’t the only administration official pledging the group’s ultimate destruction. “ISIL must be destroyed/will be crushed” tweeted Secretary of State John Kerry last Thursday, one day after President Obama called the group a “cancer” with “no place in the 21st century.”

    The administration’s long term goal is clear. But what specific policies are experts saying should be used to achieve it?

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