(CNN)It is difficult to find anyone in the Obama administration who believes that putting up to 50 Special Operations soldiers on the ground in Syria will make much of a difference in the raging civil war there. And yet, the president has authorized this expansion of America's military intervention for the same reasons that he has approved incremental escalations for the past year and a half. He believes he has to do something .
The dangers of Obama's incrementalism
But what he is doing will not work. And in a few months, the United States will face the challenge again — back down or double down. So far, President Obama has responded each time with increased intervention.