America and its allies have not won the war against Isil, and are not even, at the moment, winning.
According to the view of the world taken by President Obama, however, this does not represent failure.
The truth is – and this is no cheap smear – Mr Obama does not want to win the war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – yet. He thinks winning quickly would be pointless and potentially disastrous.
This makes for interesting speculation but seriously I would never credit Obama for such “deep thoughts”.