The White House has published a FAQ demonstrating Obama's commitment to not taking military action against jihadists (of course, he had no problem with using military force against Qaddafi). Point No. 8 says that we are not at war with the Islamic State. That, of course, is the problem. We no longer fight wars--we instead involve ourselves in police actions, counter-insurgencies, nation-building, and other nonsense. We fight to lose rather than to win.