Right now, there are only two competing stories out there about the devolving situation in the Middle East. The Obama administration suggests that we have to "defend" America by gradually ratcheting up our efforts, while Republican candidates for president urge us to "defend" ourselves by bombing IS to smithereens.
Everyone is a different genome against which life throws stuff, painful and pleasant. With some of my best friends from school dead at early ages and now contemporaries dying at an accelerating rate, I'm pleased that I'm still here to contemplate the vivid colors of life in a high-school reunion book.
Are the "advisors" merely a tactical ploy on Obama's part to force Assad to withdraw, or is the sending of advisors to help the so-called "coalition of Arabs" fight ISIL the first step, soon to be followed, first by relatively small Special Forces units as "boots on the ground," and in the end divisions like the Airborne and Marines?