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Obama does not have history in his favour

On the eve of 9/11 anniversary this year, US President Barack Obama finally came forth with his plan to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) through a "sustained counter-terrorism strategy". And, indulging in self adulation, he claimed his plan was "comprehensive". His supporters heaved a sigh of relief; their president indeed finally gave the world a strategy to combat Isis. Equally quick were his critics in denouncing his plan. They said it was a "characteristic exercise in foreign policy minimalism" and is essentially vacuous "calculated to shore up the public's sagging confidence in Obama's stewardship of US foreign policy".

Well, whatever! The world wasn't much convinced. Neither are we too sure if his plan will ultimately redeem the world of the biggest threat to civilisation in post World War II era. His immediate predecessor gave us a similar assurance almost a decade and half ago...

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