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Obama's Next Move Against Islamic State

President Obama has laid out the threat from Islamic State and his plan to meet it. Now he has to sustain the fragile consensus that is its only chance of success.
They can't defeat Islamic State on their own.

In his nationally televised speech last night, U.S. President Barack Obama had two main tasks: Describe clearly the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and lay out a credible strategy for confronting it. He largely succeeded and now faces a third task, more difficult and important: sustaining the fragile consensus in support of his plan.

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