Obama Wants To Weaken ISIS

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President Obama's mixed message on ISIS came in Estonia.
They day after he learned of Steven Sotloff's beheading, many wondered if the Commander in Chief has a strategy yet for ISIS.

"Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it's no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States," says President Obama.

Destroy, but soon a backtrack. Mr. Obama says he wants to shrink ISIS' military capability to the point where it is a manageable problem.

Critics say that might be possible because it's not a group we can safely co-exist with. But destroying ISIS could mean a new U.S. war.

"This is going to be broad strikes and ultimately relying on some ground forces," says NBC Terrorism Analyst Michael Leiter.

And boots to the ground could mean many U.S. dead .

"You're not going to be able to destroy ISIS in the next year or two without thousands of American ground casualties," warns Representative Brad Sherman of California.

So Mr. Obama just using airpower has many backers.

"He's going to put a coalition together, so that we don't have to put the boots on the ground in Syria, says Florida Senator Bill Nelson.

The President is heading to NATO Summit in Wales, where the focus will be on the Russian invasion of Ukraine for U.S. allies. There's protection.

"The NATO Alliance, including the armed forces of the United States of America, right here, present, now," says the President.

But Ukraine is not NATO, not protected and U.S. sanctions have not stopped Russia. And the President has made no plan to stop ISIS.