The White House plans no immediate escalation of military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, according to President Obama. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” he said, while acknowledging he has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to explore military strike options. The aim was to calm the media which, he says, has extrapolated too much from that decision. But Republicans jumped on the “no strategy” assertion, prompting Obama’s spokespeople to clarify that a clear strategy does exist for Iraq, just not Syria. Yet.