For Obama's strategy to work, he needs a competent ground force. The problem is his supposedly moderate Islamic rebels to number some 5,000 is at least a year away. Now that is 5,000 supposedly going up against 30,000 ISIS troops and 250,000 Syrian troops. The numbers do not add up. Now I am not forgetting the Iraqi, but they are a force who likes to run. Now the Kurds will fight, but not far from their homeland. So who is going to supply the ground forces? Our Air power and indigenous troops worked in Laos keeping the PL and NVA from taking over that country. Our Air Power and the Afghani troops of the Northern Alliance drove out the Taliban with just a few SF and para military on the ground. That is before all this nation building junk took place.
I think that ground force needed to defeat ISIS is sitting right there in Syria. Now the Arabs are not going to commit ground forces, neither is nato. If we want a stable Syria, make nice with Assad. If we want ISIS gone, make nice with Assad. that is my opinion anyway.