President Obama now has the approval he sought from Congress to train and arm trusted Syrian rebel forces.
What he didn't get from Congress was the money to pay for the mission.
Lawmakers — who've skipped town for the campaign trail — also didn't approve any new money to pay for the broader air campaign against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
So where will the money come from?
For a while, at least, combat in Iraq and Syria will probably be paid for from a special account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.