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Why foreign policy strikes must land hard

The Obama administration's "half-pregnant" moves in the kaleidoscopic Iraq-Syria theatre will only ensure that the conflict there will drag out

Mr Obama, elected on his campaign promise of ending the US military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, has taken the "no boots on the ground" track in Iraq and Syria, but this strategy has only worsened the dynamics of the conflicts there.

AMERICAN poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson has this bit of advice for the proverbial political leader planning to confront a rival: "When you strike at a king, you must kill him."

Put it in simpler terms, if one is striking at an opponent, one should make sure that the fatal blow is