Reuters quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Frederic Hof on President Obama’s strategy for combating the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham:

The president’s critics say he has warped their argument, which was not that the rebels would have achieved all-out victory, but that both Assad and Islamic State would be weaker.

“The case is compelling that had we taken a different course two years ago we’d be in a much better situation right now than what we face,” said Frederic Hof, who served Obama as a special adviser on Syria and is now at the Washington-based Atlantic Council.

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