The President slows down about Syria….

A week ago we had the impression that President Obama was sending the Air Force and Navy fighters ALL over Syria in a hunt for ISIS/ISIL targets …..

That has NOT happened so far….

US and British aircraft have been overflying Syria for some while….

But once again the President has Syria sitting on his plate….

It DOES seem that right now he’s trying to get OTHER states in and out of the region (a la’ Geroge HW Bush ‘s Iraq 100 day war) to join in his efforts to go after ISIS/ISIL

What is he going to do?….

“The issue with respect to Syria is not simply a military issue, it’s also a political issue,” Mr. Obama* said at the White House. “It’s also an issue that involves all the Sunni states in the region and Sunni leadership recognizing that this cancer that has developed is one that they have to be just as invested in defeating as we are.”

Some longtime critics of the president said they were encouraged by his restraint. His comments, they said, recognized that airstrikes alone would not be sufficient to defeat ISIS in Syria. It will require a ground component, which can succeed only if the United States and its allies strengthen the moderate opposition in Syria.

That, in turn, will require persuading Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and others to coordinate their support for the rebels. For now, the outside support goes to several groups, including radical ones, like the Nusra Front, which the State Department classifies as a terrorist organization.

Mr. Obama’s* comments do not mean that he would refrain from striking ISIS leaders in Syria if the United States got intelligence on their whereabouts. He could give that order, administration officials said, even as his advisers draw up a broader strategy for dealing with Syria.

“When he says he doesn’t have a strategy yet, I take it at face value,” said Frederic C. Hof, a former State Department official who has criticized Mr. Obama’s* strategy. “I’m actually a bit relieved that the president is looking at this to be addressed by means of an objectives-based strategy rather than as a strategic communications issue.”

But as a communications issue, Mr. Obama’s* comments on Thursday show that at the very least, the administration’s message is not consistent. A week ago, the president’s deputy national security adviser, Benjamin J. Rhodes, told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard, “If you come after Americans, we’re going to come after you, wherever you are,” adding, “We’re not going to be restricted by borders.”


* More of the NY Times policy of discontinuing calling the nation’s President ….President Obama….

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