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.
“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.”
Full article: Obama changes objective in war on ISIS from ‘destroy’ to ‘defeat’ (Washington Times)