U.S. Department of Defense
President Obama's 'strategic' planning gap?

To the editor: President Obama’s response — “We don’t have a strategy yet” — to the latest and most disturbing crisis in the Middle East, the onslaught of the militant group Islamic State (including the slaughter and beheading of soldiers and civilians), is both shocking and telling. (Re “Obama rules out military action over Russia moves,” Aug. 29)   The Pentagon has contingency plans  for possible threats all over the world, and surely has one for potential U.S. airstrikes in Syria. The problem is this president has no strategy because he wants no strategy. His policy of pacifism and making military decisions based on public...