Jeanne McDonnell

Captain Jeanne McDonnell (ret.) served in the U.S. Navy on active duty for over 25 years. Assignments included command of Naval Support Activity Norfolk and Transient Personnel Unit Norfolk, and service on the Joint Staff, Navy Staff, Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, and Joint Forces Staff College.

President Obama has outlined a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In order to defeat ISIL, we have to understand what makes them tick.

This essay discusses warnings our top leaders ignored, the dangers of political correctness, thwarted opportunities to “know our enemy,” and ideas on changing this deadly path.