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US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. The United States urged Western allies at a NATO summit Friday to unite in a coalition that could 'destroy' Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
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US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. Obama will address the public Wednesday night about his strategy for action against the Islamic State, or ISIS.

President Obama is outlining his strategy for action against ISIS to the public Wednesday night. Josh Gerstein of Politico talks about what he thinks Obama will do and should do.

President Obama is expected to take to the airwaves in primetime Wednesday night to address a war-weary public and outline his strategy for action against Islamic militants who call themselves the Islamic State or ISIS. 

Related: Obama to speak Wednesday on US strategy against ISIS

Analysts suggest that part of that strategy will include expanding U.S. airstrikes into Syria. But, according to President Obama, the deployment of ground troops is not currently part of the plan.

What will the President's plan be? And what are the odds of quashing ISIS without drawing the U.S. into another lengthy and uncertain fight in the region? 

Josh Gerstein is the senior White House Reporter for Politico. He expects that President Obama will be clear in his address Wednesday night that, while the U.S. is willing to put more effort into defeating ISIS, they cannot do it alone. And, Gerstein says, the Obama administration will have to pursue political and public relations strategies as well if they will have a shot at success in defeating the militant group.​
 

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