According to the Washington Post, the US has failed to destroy a single major Islamist terrorist organization since 9/11. That’s right: after the so-called War on Terror began, the United States hasn’t managed to annihilate a single significant militant group. And Obama wants to make ISIS, one of the strongest such groups we’ve ever seen, the very first.
Obviously, America’s failure isn’t for lack of trying. It’s because destroying terrorist organizations is quite difficult. These organizations, ISIS included, often have some level of support from the local population, which makes it easy for them to hide among civilians and recruit new fighters. They frequently have bureaucratic, decentralized leadership structures that make the loss of even high-level leaders insignificant. ISIS may be an exception here, as self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is quite important to the group, but it’s tricky to make the case that ISIS will fall apart without Baghdadi so long as he’s still alive.”