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Whack-A-Mole Isn't a Strategy 
The United States can't possibly fight terrorists by swinging a mallet at them wherever they show their heads. And yet that has, essentially, been the U.S. strategy in Syria and Iraq — fighting Islamic State militants with some 5,000 targeted airstrikes but doing very little to solve the overall threat. Technically, the Islamic State fight is called Operation Inherent Resolve — but "Whack-A-Mole" gets closer to reality. 
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