Looking forward is what we want to know about the impacts of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as IS, the Islamic State, and ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, all names of the same Islamic jihadist regime). What about the life and death security of Americans? What about the lives of others? What about the impact on our economy if the oil fields under ISIL are somehow lost or destroyed in their production of oil? What about impact on our friend, Israel? What will our President say that will affect these matters?
The President is not likely to stray much further from what he has done in the past. He may do small things to inch toward the direction he feels pressured to pursue. However, such movement toward the destruction of ISIL will be very measured. The President will use rhetoric in dramatic fashion to make it seem larger than the actual steps taken. Those steps will include increased use of US Air Power, support of anti-ISIL ground forces in Iraq and Syria, support for the government of Iraq, and the announcement of names of other nations joining in concert with the USA against the "extremist" ISIL regime.
What the President will not say is anything about confronting jihadism in any other organization except possibly a mention of Al Qaida. That is doubtful, however. The President will not take a stand against any organization favored by the Muslim Brotherhood because Muslim Brotherhood members form an important group of advisors to the President.
ISIL will not be threatened strategically by what the President will say, no matter what the President's rhetoric may be. ISIL is headquartered in Syria, not Iraq. The broad areas ISIL has captured in Iraq are comprised mostly of small towns and lots of desert. Syria is heavily populated. To attack ISIL directly in Syria would cause a lot of collateral damage, i.e. civilian casualties. This, the President is not willing to do because it will not coincide with the policies of the Muslim Brotherhood and will give the appearance of illegitimate inhumane evil war motives. As long as ISIL remains strong in Syria it will remain intact for the forseeable future.
This means that ISIL along with Al Qaida and other jihadist groups will have a shot at causing damage and death in the USA. The President will not take strong enough action to preclude this. ISIL will have at its desposal monies it has collected in taxes from the areas it now controls and from revenues from the oil fields it has captured. (If the President acts in accordance with US military advice and with Arab allies, those oil fields may be recaptured.) However, the oil fields are not likely to be destroyed because of an impact on world oil markets.
However, without US troops in action on the ground to re-take those oil fields, the revenues of ISIL will remain viable in the near future. And, that means ISIL will be well funded to carry out attacks on the USA. That also means ISIL will be able to purchase military equipment and to hire military technicians and even mercenaries to win more victories and to create more victims in the areas it controls and conquers.
Israel temporarily is indirectly benefited by the struggles of Arabs, one against another. As long as Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and others are battling against ISIL, they cannot use the same resources against Israel. Once the ISIL matter is settled, however, a re-unification of resources of all of these players, perhaps including ISIL, can be directed against Israel. This would be horrific for Israel because of the number or resources and the barbarity that would be leveled against it. Only a miracle of God could protect Israel from destruction at that point.
The USA would be well served with minimal expense to arm, equip, and help to maintain Israel. The practical reason is that Israel is a bulwark of defense against jihadist regimes that hate the USA. That, however, is not the policy of this President.
To say, as many do, that to offend the Islamist jihadists who hate the western way of life, who hate Christianity, who hate the history of imperialism represented by the USA, that to offend these by supporting Israel is unwise. To them I say, you are cowards. You have the mindset of the wimpy victim of the bully. That mindset says, "Please don't hit me any more. I'll give you my lunch money." The wuss hopes to minimize the damage to his body but ignores the damage to his honor, The wuss hopes to survive by being a coward. Survival and cowardly defense are mutually exclusive.
The President is not being a wuss. That is because he is not acting out of a cowardly attitude. His attitude, along with his advisors from the Muslim Brotherhood, is a sympathy with the philosophy of jihad. His political supporters, however, suffer from wussism. They believe that cowardly defense is the best defense. Why they do so is a different discussion. In practical matters of foreign policy, the liberal wussism and the philosophy of the President result in the same actions or lack of them.
That is why the President will announce this evening 9/10/14, on the eve of 13th anniversary of 9/11/2001, that he is doing incremental things couched in forceful language. All show, not much "go".