NATO was sold as a defensive pact, a necessity to dissuade Russian aggression after WWII, but it became an offensive entity that almost ensures a future U.S. war.
It appears the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry were against Iran joining the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State terrorists before they were for it.
The split between the GOP establishment and the "religious right" appears as wide as ever, but there remains one candidate with the ability to unite the Grand Old Party: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A no-fly zone over northeastern Syria and a buffer zone along the border between Syria and Turkey are among the options being considered by the Obama administration.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey said "a large ground force" might be needed to defeat ISIL (aka ISIS).
The Syrian rebels the United States has offered to arm and train for the fight against Islamic State terrorists say they need a "no-fly" zone in Syria to protect them from the air force of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The coalition formed to fight Islamic State terrorists has already become fractious, as the "moderate" Syrian rebels the United States is backing don't appreciate the bombing of their extremist friends.
Americans have repeatedly been reassured that the counterterrorism offensive (or whatever it is that's not a war) against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will not be an American ground war. In the jargon of war planners, there will be no American "boots on the ground."
And yet, 1,600 U.S. "advisors" are engaged in Iraq combat operations.
The sound and fury in Thursday's Senate debate signified grave doubts, but it ended in a lopsided 78-22 vote in favor of President Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels for the fight against Islamic State terrorists. The House approved the plan by a 273-156 vote on Wednesday, and the measure, part of a trillion-dollar spending plan to keep the federal government operating through the end of the calendar year, is now on its way to the White House for the president's signature.
Members of Congress might feel a bit like comic Lou Costello in the famous "Who's on First" skit as they try to determine who to send arms and aid to in Syria to battle the terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS.