So he can buy time for withdrawal without looking like a weakling who abandons his allies at the earliest possible opportunity.Yea.... But if they never wanted it to suceed why do it in the first place?
Nevermind the fact that he's simply opted to do so at a slight later opportunity instead, of course.
There never was an especially massive "offensive" in the first place; just some minor skirmishing here and there.Why increase drone strikes in the area? And why do a massive offensive? Doenst make much since at all...
The only reason they've agreed to expand the drone campaign is because it is comparatively quiet and costs little in the way of political capital.