ISIS has advanced to the outskirts of Baghdad and into Kobani. They preside over territory that continues to grow in extent and sustain their financial needs. According to National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Meet the Press this morning (NBC account and video here), however, now is no time to reevaluate President Obama’s “strategy” opposing ISIS. All is well.
“No, Chuck, this is very early days of the strategy,” Rice explained. The administration will have us do “what we can through the air,” as well as supporting the Kurdish forces in Iraq and the moderate rebels in Syria (previously described by Obama as hapless farmers, teachers and pharmacists).
Rice also reiterated Obama’s refusal to commit ground troops, asserting that an approach based on the commitment of American troops “wouldn’t be sustainable[.]” Are the current circumstances “sustainable” until the later days of the “strategy” arrive? Todd didn’t ask and Rice didn’t say.
I found Baghdad Bob more persuasive.
Video via Andrew Johnson/NRO.