The question isn't how frightening ISIS is. It's what actual threat it poses—and how to contain that threat without causing more harm.
In the face of huge unanswered questions and with the unpredictable outcome of any act of war, U.S. military action against Syria is unwarranted.
President Obama's speech last night was a strange one. The administration's strategy of speaking out of both sides of its mouth on Syria continues. (This is a narrow, punitive mission...motivated by broad, humanitarian concerns such a mission won't really address.) Stranger still was the fact that Obama gave the speech at all.