Despite nearly two years of promising to reveal a secret plan to "knock the hell out of ISIS," the Trump Administration seems bound and determined to take their time crafting a military plan (rather than unveiling it) and equally determined to do it in full view of the entire world. Sacrificing the element of surprise, Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis welcomed leaders from 68 nations to Washington, D.C. this week to hammer out a counter-ISIS strategy. Upon arrival, our counter-ISIS coalition seems to be utterly confused about what the U.S. vision/strategy is, exactly, and their biggest hope for this world summit is to get some hints about what it will entail. Secretary Tillerson apparently thinks he can answer that question with a grade school comeback trying to shift blame to the under-performing nations in the coalition, and not by talking specifics. It's a little less than inspiring to call 68 nations to D.C. to keep the secret plan as opaque as possible and then blame your partners for not being supportive enough of the U.S.-led effort. The one concrete detail that has so far been squeezed out of Sec. Tillerson - on top of his generalities that suggest the Obama strategy will stay in place - was that the Trump Admin is not backing away from its prioritization of creating "interim zones of stability" for refugees to use. No word on how, when, or to what end. Maybe that's the secret?

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