Immediately after Paris, the march to war in Syria picked up speed and found a few leaders it had been lacking. French President Francois Hollande declared without hesitation “we are at war” and launched three rounds of airstrikes against ISIL targets in Raqqa. Not surprisingly, the targets France hit in Syria were U.S.-identified targets. France’s decisive and speedy attacks draw a sharp contrast to the U.S. strategy that has been restrained, perhaps even absent, or at least not particularly well messaged to us lay people. Hollande is now on a global tour to rally the U.S. led coalition against ISIL and add a few new countries to the effort. Hollande visited the United Kingdom, the U.S., and is headed to Russia to see if anyone can reason with Putin. And we hope Hollande can do just that because someone needs to do something to deescalate the fallout after Turkey – a coalition partner - dramatically shot down a Russian jet just yesterday morning.

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