Strategy against Islamic State in hand, Obama now must make it work

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, WalesBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It took President Barack Obama and his top aides a week to explain that he does in fact have a strategy for confronting the Islamic State militancy. Obama has embarked on building what is basically the third major U.S.-backed international coalition of the past 23 years to take on a challenge emanating from Iraq. The other two were constructed by former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush against the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Obama’s vision became clearer in the week since he drew criticism for telling a White House news conference that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for taking on the militant group’s safe haven in Syria.

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