Below is a note from FNC’s James Rosen:
Top aides to President Obama expect the commander-in-chief’s second term will end without the United States defeating ISIS, Fox News has learned.
Senior Obama administration officials have repeatedly referred to the terrorist army that now controls large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq as a “long-term” threat. Asked if that means that the dangers posed by ISIS will extend beyond President Obama’s time in office, a senior State Department official replied: “Probably. Probably.”
The official hastened to add that the U.S. has embraced similarly lengthy time frames in its post-9/11 efforts to combat other major terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that such a view – especially given the success against al-Qaeda in those regions – should not be mistaken for a lack of initiative or zeal in the incumbent’s approach to ISIS.
The official also stressed that the administration does not see a 9/11-style attack on the American homeland as among the threats ISIS presently poses. Rather, the group is thought by U.S. policymakers to threaten Washington’s regional allies and interests, as many administration officials have emphasized in recent weeks.
The State Department source also pointed to the wide variety of methods the Obama administration is using to address ISIS. These range from “kinetic” operations aimed at “taking their leadership off the battlefield” to online initiatives designed to choke off the group’s financing to diplomatic activities that will stem the flow of foreign fighters to ISIS’ breeding ground, Syria. “We are also working on getting others to stand up and push them out,” the source said.
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