The day after the President of the United States gave his first wartime speech, 13 years into America's long march against Islamic extremism, his Secretary of State declared we were not at war with ISIS but “What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation, and it's going to go on for some period of time".
This confusion was echoed by Susan Rice and Marie Harf and contradicted by Josh Ernest at the White House and at the Pentagon. It seemed lost on some that Obama was basing his authority to go to war without Congressional authority on the 2001 and 2003 resolutions against al-Qaeda. The 2001 resolution mentioned "war" four times and the 2003 mentioned it nine times.
This was followed by the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond telling reporters at a news conference in Berlin: Let me be clear; Britain will not be taking part in any air strikes in Syria." He said London won't be "revisiting" the issue after Parliament decided last year against participating in air strikes. Number 10 Downing Street then had to walk that back by saying that P.M. David Cameron had not yet decided on air strikes. (However after the Saturday release of a You Tube video of the decapitation of British aid worker, David Cawthorne Haines, that could change dramatically.)
It all went down hill after that with Germany stating that they were not yet in the coalition followed by Turkey and then Saudi Arabia announcing that their contribution would be only the training of the Syrian Free Army on Saudi territory.
Friday it got worse with the CIA in a surprise release stating that ISIS had grown by as much as 300% since June and now numbered between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters in the terror army. This would make ISIS the 76th largest army out of 106 forces in the world. It should be remembered that when they took Fallujah in the beginning of 2014 they were estimated to be around 4000 strong.