Surveillance Flights Over Syria Does Not Imply Imminent Airstrikes

ABC News' Martha Raddatz discusses President Obama's remarks on military plans in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.
1:38 | 08/28/14

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I want to bring -- ABC chief. Global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz because we heard Martha President Obama saying our air strikes in Iraq have had some success. But notably saying that in Syria the issue is not just a military one. But a political one and suggesting that the United States the White House specifically doesn't necessarily -- a plan of action. Amy he flat out said we don't have a strategy yet. To fight crisis he is clearly going very slowly here that was the surprising thing about this briefing if anybody had worried about mission creep just listen to this briefing. Because the president crept back what he said today was the focus was protecting Americans and personnel. In a rock and infrastructure there he said they would take a long time to look at Syria even though the president recently authorized those surveillance flights. He clearly does not want people speculating that that means air strikes and surveillance flights don't necessarily mean airstrikes but you can't happen without. So I think the most surprising thing here was how cautious he wants and how clear he wanted to be that Syrian air strikes were not imminent this is a long term project wants to involve the military he wants to involve regional partners before he doesn't expect. Yes my thing the president saying that it was not US policy at this point to defeat prices. But to reverse some of the gains that they have made so far in Iraq Martha Raddatz our thanks to you.

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