In a testy press conference in Turkey, President Obama dismissed critics of his administration’s response to ISIS by saying that the U.S. is already doing everything they suggest. The exception, he admitted, was sending ground forces to engage the fight in Syria and Iraq, which he rejected as counterproductive.
Obama did, however, say that efforts to implement his strategy would be accelerated. He did not say how.
Before accelerating, we need to agree on the objective and the timetable. Obama now says he wants to destroy ISIS. That is the right goal. He says it will take time, but not how much.
What needs to be sped up and how? I suggest focusing on three priorities: