Eugene Robinson accuses the president of violating his own doctrine (“Don’t do dumb sh*t”):
This is not a call for deeper U.S. involvement in Iraq and Syria. But if degrade-and-destroy is really the goal, I don’t see how deeper involvement will be avoided. This has morass written all over it. And morasses, as Obama knows, are dumb.
I think that Mr. Robinson should have no fear. Degrading and destroying the “Islamic State” was never the goal. Getting past the November election was always the goal.
The president will have more freedom of action after the election. Or not.