Obama is expected to announce on Monday that he is sending 250 more troops to Syria.
While the number is small and the troops are being sent to train local forces to fight the Islamic State, not fight themselves, it is a significant increase of U.S. military personnel in the area. There are currently around 50 U.S. special operations forces in Syria. It is unknown how many of the 250 being sent are special forces.
In other interviews Obama has said it would be a mistake for the U.S. to get into a ground war to overthrow Bashar Al Assad. He also said he does not think the Islamic State will be defeated in the last nine months of his administration.
The ongoing civil war in Syria has been raging since 2011 with no end in sight and serious geo-political consequences hang in the balance.
Should the U.S. send more boots on the ground into Syria? Maybe the U.S. should heed a lesson from Iraq and get out of Syria before things get even messier? Many think that's how we should have treated Vietnam - a war most agree took a greater toll on the U.S. than was worth it.