This has nothing to do with Obama, he doesn’t micro manage what the military does there, he is given recommendations and approves or doesn’t approve. He has provided the resources to fight ISIS minus the ground troops (which only a few countries are willing to offer), now the military needs to coordinate with others and meet their objectives as they have internally determined.
Obama was outspoken about the attacks, per his own statement:
"We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening."
America operates with different levels of trust based on the ally. I am sure we all agree nation allies such as France, England and others are far more trustworthy than say, rebel armies who change their allegiances with the wind. We saw how the Iraqi army handled the threat when they turned tail and ran even after being well equipped with American technology, contrary to what they told the U.S. Regardless of how it may appear, these are entirely different circumstances and a different set of alliances.
France and America are probably the most liberty loyal governances in the world, yes, even those that may not entirely embody ones particular political leaning. This is still a battle between the ideology of freedom and radicals who would have us all bowing to their alter if they had the chance.
The more who join the fight the better, it bothers me to see these attacks on innocents who are going about their business and it will only increase the resolve of those fighting them when the terror hits at home. It is precisely the type of enemy that everyone should be rallying to conquer.