President Barack Obama promised action against militants trying to build a powerful Islamic state. New Orleanian Jen Buford says she's concerned, hoping it doesn't mean another war for the United states. Pat Kent calls it a slippery slope.
UNO Political Scientist Michael Huelshoff said the president has support.
"The American people did get what they wanted. It was a short, specific program. Put military pressure on what is a barbaric organization," Huelshoff said.
The U.S. began launching limited air strikes against Islamic state targets earlier in the summer in Iraq. Insurgents rapidly claimed huge swaths of Iraq and Syria.
"It was the ISIS offensive in June or July that got the attention of the government," the professor said.
He said the air strikes began before the beheadings, and the beheadings were a response to those air strikes. The executioner was of British decent.
"They've been able to attract a large number of Westerners," Huelshoff said.
The shocking scenes of Americans being killed sparked a demand for action.
"The public got tired of shoot first and ask questions later, but they also like strong leaders, and one interpretation of Obama's foreign policy has been somewhat timid," Huelshoff said.
On this anniversary of 9/11 Americans have grown tired of years of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now this.
"It's also going to be a very long slog. It's not going to be something that after a few air strikes and in a few months it will go away. It's too difficult to degrade." Huelshoff said.