A mere 15 percent of Americans believe that the United States and its allies are winning the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll. Almost three times as many Americans (42 percent) consider ISIS to have the upper-hand.
President Obama presented a four-point plan to defeat the terrorist group during a speech on Sept. 10. His plan consisted of: 1). Airstrikes. 2). The addition of 475 servicemen to Iraq. 3). Cutting off funding to ISIS and strengthening U.S. counterintelligence programs. 4). Intensify humanitarian aide to innocent civilians.
U.S. Central Command officials have named the military efforts against ISIS: ‘Operation Inherent Resolve.’ A selection which some defense officials at the Pentagon found uninspiring and ‘kind of bleh,’ according to the Wall Street Journal.
Central Command officials, however, claimed that the name was intended to signify the use of “all available dimensions of national power necessary,” and to show:
“the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community.”
Seventy-eight percent of Americans believe that, in the end, the United States will be forced to send combat troops into Iraq to defeat the jihadist organization.