Obama is Just Now Getting Around to Authorizing Drone Flights Over Syria
Always late to the party, except when it's an actual party.
The U.S. has started flying surveillance drones over Syria after President Obama authorized the missions, two senior Defense officials told Fox News, in a move that could pave the way for eventual airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the country.
A decision still has not been made, at least publicly, to launch airstrikes in Syria. But the Obama administration would likely need additional intelligence on possible targets should the president take that step.
Sources told Fox News that Obama approved surveillance missions in Syria for the first time over the weekend; they have since begun.
Why is Obama just now doing this? Or, why is he publicizing that he is just now doing this? He is letting the PR get ahead of strategy, supposing that there is a strategy. The world doesn't need to know when the US is conducting drone flights over ISIS and when it isn't. But a president with flagging poll numbers who is even taking golf grief from Maureen Dowd needs to look like he's working on something other than his tee shot.
The ISIS crisis is headed to a bizarre probability -- that the United States will end up conducting airstrikes on ISIS positions in Syria that will aid the Assad regime that Barack Obama declared "had to go" not too long ago.
Of course, Obama wanted to intervene in Syria's civil war early on, to oust Assad, an intervention which would have ended up helping the Islamists -- some of whom are now ISIS.