It ought to be clear that the Obama Administration is trying to have it both ways. It wants to appear strong in the face of world aggression while placate the far-left. The problem is that war is not a patient game. The realities of what is happening on the ground will not wait until the administration lawyers figure out how to straddle the picket-fence without turning themselves into castrato singers.
Meanwhile, people are dying. This is what happens when armies flinch. We see this pattern time and time again in Scripture. Armies that hesitate lose.
There is a further spiritual truth to glean from all of this -- a teaching point, if you will. One day a man asked Jesus if he could be one of his followers. But the man first wanted to go home to say goodbye to his family. Jesus, sensing the man's conflicted desire to be a true follower, responded, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." There are several good reasons why Jesus replied as he did. But one especially worth noting is that the man who hesitates in enacting the cost of discipleship, will likely hesitate when confronted on the field of spiritual warfare. The Obama administration's foreign policy began conflicted over what is best, and now we are seeing the logical outcome of the this confusion on the field of battle.
The words from a similar parable ought to be considered by every US President. Jesus said, "Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? "Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace" (Luke 14:31-32).
See also http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1125674
By the way, for those who don't know what a castrato singer sounds like, try this.