What's going on here?
This morning's (1/26/16) NYTimes has an editorial reporting that the U.S. and some European allies are about to take on ISIS in Libyia. And yes, (even!) the Times is suspicious.
Quoting General Joseph Dunford, head of the joint chiefs, the editorial reports: "that military officials were 'looking to take decisive military action' against the Islamic State... in Libya." According to the editorial, Congress is taking a pass on any declaration of war, and the Obama Administration thinks "it would be nice, but not necessary," if Congress did.
The Times Editorial. Times News Story (1/22/16): "U.S. and Allies Weigh Military Action Against ISIS in Libya"
P.S. An update and more fill in the blanks...this time in Iraq and Syria:
"In meetings with President Obama's national security team in recent weeks, military officials have told the White House that they believe they have made significant progress in the fight against the Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, administration officials said. But to deal a lasting blow to the extremist Sunni militancy, [ISIS], they believe that additional forces will be needed to work with Iraqi, Kurdish and Syrian opposition fighters on the ground in the two countries.
"In the past, the Pentagon’s requests for additional troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan have been met with skepticism by Mr. Obama, and his aides have said he has resented what he has regarded as efforts to pressure him. But the rise of the Islamic State has alarmed the White House, and a senior administration official said Thursday that the president is willing to consider raising the stakes in both Iraq and Syria."
Front page stories look to be a piece of the pressure campaign.