Rhetoric vs. Reality: 5 Myths About Obama's ISIS Plan Debunked

ABC News separates the rhetoric vs. reality in the president's plan.

So, ABC News Pentagon reporter Luis Martinez and Digital Correspondent Devin Dwyer, who covers the White House, have tackled five key points about the plan to help you sort rhetoric from reality.

1. RHETORIC: There will be no U.S. ground troops in Iraq.

2. RHETORIC: U.S. troops in Iraq will not see combat up close.

The White House also said the president is open to the possibility of American military advisers embedding with Iraqi forces on combat missions. Gen. Dempsey has said that the president has told him he would consider such recommendations on a case-by-case basis. For now, Gen. Dempsey has said that he has not seen the need for such a scenario, though U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Lloyd Austin did support the option of the retaking of Mosul Dam. He eventually found a work-around to avoid that possibility. Officials say U.S. troops in such a situation would be armed and on the front lines, but would not be personally or directly engaging the enemy.

3. RHETORIC: Congressional approval to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting ISIS will be an instant game-changer.

4. RHETORIC: President Obama is at odds with his generals.

Dempsey supports the president’s plan. Obama backs the general in public. Both are on the same page about the overall strategy and that the job can be done without American troops on a combat mission in Iraq. But it is Dempsey’s job to present the president with other options should the need arise.

5. RHETORIC: U.S. airstrikes in Syria are still an open question that needs Obama's decision.

“The President will not sign off on individual airstrikes in Syria,” a National Security Council official told ABC News.

The day-to-day strategy will be carried out by the military in the same way it has undertaken more than 170 airstrikes inside Iraq since Aug. 8. The strikes could begin any day, when ISIS targets in Syria present themselves, officials say. Gen. Dempsey has said that the air campaign in Syria will not be like the “shock and awe” campaign that began the 2003 war in Iraq because ISIS is a different kind of enemy. Instead, he said the U.S. will carry out “persistent and sustainable” airstrikes. The lifting of airstrike restrictions in Iraq has led to airstrikes against ISIS outside of original target areas like the Mosul Dam and Erbil in northern Iraq.