Rather telling statements  by military officials:
The Obama administration’s strategy for Iraq and Syria came under harsh criticism from senators on Tuesday as key defense leaders outlined the latest shift in strategy from earlier failed policies and programs.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the president’s strategy against Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) terrorists to date has produced poor results in both Syria and Iraq.
“The end-state is to defeat ISIL,” Dunford said. “Without a partner on the ground, Syria has clearly presented the most difficult challenge. No one is satisfied with our progress to date.”