Obama returns from vacation and it's time to act against ISIL

We're hoping the president will choose the appropriate course of action against the terrorist organization Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. 

Gregory Korte ---- USA TODAY 

WASHINGTON -- Islamic State militants dominated President Obama's first day back from vacation Monday as the White House weighed its options in Iraq and Syria.

Obama will meet Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Monday afternoon.

"The president has not made a decision to pursue any military action in Syria," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

He said the Pentagon is working on giving the president military options for pursuing the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

"There are entire wings of that very large building that are dedicated to ensuring that the president has a wide range of options," Earnest said.

But he said direct military action is not the only option. "Military might is not the only tool in the toolbox," he said. Obama is also pushing for a stronger, more unified Iraqi government to counter the Islamic State.

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