That was decided well before Obama was elected. I assume this is why we see virtually no war coverage on the evening news. This, quite possibly our final war, is strictly a business venture.
The US is drained militarily and economically, and the "masses" are profoundly divided and pitted against each other. The Dem voting base had long consisted of the masses -- poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, for the common good. The Clinton wing split this base wide apart during the B. Clinton administration, and the past years years have confirmed that this split is permanent.
This is why Democrats already lost 2016. The Dem Party is over, and we have no way of knowing what comes next. Not happy-talk, but that's the way it is.