Choosing Not to Choose: Obama's Dithering on Syria

Obama wanted a legacy of withdrawal. Instead, he'll leave a legacy of continuing war.

Issue: January-February 2016

When President Barack Obama acknowledged in September 2014 that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), he stunned his supporters and detractors alike. Obama was similarly candid nine months later, when he announced in a June 2015 statement, “we don’t yet have a complete strategy.” But why not?

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