President Obama is expected to take to the airwaves in primetime Wednesday night to address a war-weary public and outline his strategy for action against Islamic militants who call themselves the Islamic State or ISIS.
Analysts suggest that part of that strategy will include expanding U.S. airstrikes into Syria. But, according to President Obama, the deployment of ground troops is not currently part of the plan.
What will the President's plan be? And what are the odds of quashing ISIS without drawing the U.S. into another lengthy and uncertain fight in the region?
Josh Gerstein is the senior White House Reporter for Politico. He expects that President Obama will be clear in his address Wednesday night that, while the U.S. is willing to put more effort into defeating ISIS, they cannot do it alone. And, Gerstein says, the Obama administration will have to pursue political and public relations strategies as well if they will have a shot at success in defeating the militant group.