Do People Actually Think We Will Kill The Enemy?

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked tonight (paraphrased), "How many people do we need to kill to defeat the Islamic state, and how long will it take?" And I think this is an important question to ask. Because it seems that people continue to believe that if we use enough force, enough guns, enough bombs, we will destroy the enemy completely. But when does that ever happen? In wars against actual states with borders, yes, it's possible to defeat the enemy to the point where the state essentially surrenders, and it doesn't require killing everyone. But when we are talking about a terrorist group that has no borders, unless we are prepared to kill everyone (which is impossible anyway), then you have to ask the question: How many people do we need to kill and how long will it take? Because unless we are prepared to figure out how we destroy the enemy completely (which is probably not possible anyway), we will be right back in this position again in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, facing an enemy bolder and more powerful than the previous enemy. al-Qaeda, then ISIS, then…?


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