Earnest said there are "entire wings" of the Pentagon that are "dedicated to making sure the president has a range of plans and options that they can present to him when -- if and when necessary," he said. "But I’m not going to be a position to talk about the communication at this point between those military advisers and the advice that they’re offering to the commander in chief."
The press secretary said Obama is "committed" to coordinating military action with Congress, and has done so with the airstrikes that are currently taking place in Iraq. But he did not say whether Obama would seek congressional approval should he decide to take military action in Syria. He also said military strikes are not the only option to help eliminate the Islamic State.