Great news: Obama to personally control air strikes in Syria

Great news: Obama to personally control air strikes in Syria

[Ed. – Because that worked so well for LBJ in Vietnam.  Almost as encouraging as Joe Biden honchoing operations in Iraq.]

The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.

The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war. …

The new requirements for U.S. action in Syria are contained in a classified “execute order” signed in recent days by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to put the expanded U.S. military campaign into effect, the U.S. officials said.

Mr. Obama had made exiting the prolonged Iraq and Afghan wars a cornerstone of his presidency.

Through tight control over airstrikes in Syria and limits on U.S. action in Iraq, Mr. Obama is closely managing the new war in the Middle East in a way he hasn’t done with previous conflicts, such as the troop surge in Afghanistan announced in 2009 or the last years of the Iraq war before the 2011 U.S. pullout.

In Iraq, Mr. Obama had delegated day-to-day management to Vice President Joe Biden.

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