The crisis in Iraq continued this weekend with Sunni insurgents fighting under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continuing their push toward Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked the Obama administration to intervene with airstrikes, but the president reportedly refused.
Instead, the president said that he would consider other options. By late Saturday, however the White House gave no indication of what the president had decided. Instead, it simply sent an aircraft carrier to the region.
The silence is part of Obama's foreign policy process; the president takes his time (critics say he dithers) in making important international decisions. But some part of it is his reluctance to get involved in Iraq at all.