Obama refuses to say the ‘W’ word, but instead thinks that ISIS is a ‘manageable problem’. Check it out…
President Obama sent seemingly conflicting signals Wednesday about his ultimate goal in the fight against the Islamic State, saying at a press conference in Europe that the aim is to “degrade and destroy” the terror group — but moments later, claiming he wants to make it a “manageable problem.”
The president spoke as lawmakers on Capitol Hill and others urge the White House and Pentagon to pursue a tough approach against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Those calls mounted after the group released another video showing the execution of an American journalist; the White House on Wednesday confirmed that video as authentic.
Speaking in Estonia during a visit to Europe, Obama at first took a hard line. He condemned the execution as “horrific” and “barbaric” and vowed “justice will be served.”
After taking some heat for admitting last week that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to address the militant group in Syria, Obama said they do have a regional strategy. Ultimately, he said, “our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it is no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States.”
But later in the press conference, Obama returned to the topic and noticeably softened his tone.
He clarified that if the U.S. is joined by an international coalition, they can “continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem.”
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