Special Ops Forces to Syria, in a "shift" in policy.President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Oval Office, Oct. 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Special Ops Forces to Syria, in a “shift” in policy.
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Oval Office, Oct. 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“The decision of whether to place citizens in harm’s way in defense of this nation — to declare war — must be made by the people through their elected representatives,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said in a statement. “It is time for Congress to do its most solemn job — to debate and declare war.” [NBC News]

PRESIDENT OBAMA is making a “shift” to U.S. policy in Syria, but not a “change,” according to the White House. After more than 8,000 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, military commanders see a stalemate, with a more aggressive strategy needed.

That could include working with Kurdish and allied actors who have come together under the umbrella of the “Syrian Democratic Forces,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public.

Whatever definition of boots on the ground you have, we are increasing them in Syria.

Rachel Maddow has a forum with the three remaining Democratic candidates next Friday night. You can bet this will come up and Hillary Clinton will likely side with the Administration.

Progressives are already framing this “shift” as President Obama breaking a campaign promise, while stating the “change” in policy is not a good one.

There are no good options here. I just don’t see how the U.S. can stay out of the raging Syrian conflict.

Genocide occurred long ago in Syria by Bashar al-Assad. We went into Libya due to the threat of a military massacre, with European allies leaning in all the way.

President Obama has little choice at this point.

The broadest peace talks since the start of the Syrian war are getting under way in Vienna, with Iran joining arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and the US to try to orchestrate an end to one of the most dangerous global conflicts in decades. [The Guardian]