We Can't Beat ISIS On A Budget

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Jessica Brown directs an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Jessica Brown directs an EA-18G Growler on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

The Pentagon calls the ongoing air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Operation Inherent Resolve. However, a more accurate name, according to Andrew Bacevich, would be Operation Halfhearted Effort. He writes,

…from the outset, Americans have refused to acknowledge what employing military means to do big things entails. On this point, the lessons of history are quite clear. Business as usual won't do. Put simply, doing big things militarily necessitates reconfiguring national priorities, with peacetime pursuits taking a back seat to wartime imperatives.