In a speech earlier this month Obama vowed to “hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” adding: "If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven." In the speech, Obama, for the first time, described ISIS as a security threat to the United States.
“I can confirm that US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL (another name of ISIS) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.
Last year, Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered an agreement to transfer Syria’s chemical weapons to international control, narrowly avoiding U.S. airstrikes. But the near-complete erosion of trust between the two countries since then — and pervasive suspicion about the United States’ motives — complicates the chances of a similar breakthrough.
“There’s quite widespread suspicion here that the U.S. will start to bomb the Islamic State but will end up bombing the Syrian army,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, a Moscow-based analyst and head of an advisory panel to the Kremlin on foreign and defense policy.
Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have insisted they will not put U.S. combat troops on the ground, so the success of the mission -- which is still only hazily defined -- depends on the air campaign that started Tuesday morning. When morning breaks in Syria, the damage inflicted on Raqqa may become clear. And that will be the first sign of how well this new battle is going and how much more it may take to win.
Mean while the mainstream media rallies support from the American people for more war. The new boss is the same as the old boss.