At a press conference in Estonia on Wednesday Obama read from a prepared statement and had these strong words to say:
So the bottom line is this: Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also the region and to the United States.
More broadly, the United States will continue to lead a regional and international effort against the kind of barbaric and ultimately empty vision that ISIL represents.
Ann Compton of ABC News was confused with some equivocation in the full statement and asked "Did you just say that the strategy is to destroy ISIS, or to simply contain them or push them back?" Later, another reporter made a similar inquiry to which Obama responded below. It's important for readers to watch this short clip more both for what Obama said and more importantly HOW he said it:
OBAMA: We know that if we are joined by the international community, we 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. And the question is going to be making sure we’ve got the right strategy, but also making sure that we’ve got the international will to do it. This is something that is a continuation of a problem we’ve seen certainly since 9/11, but before.There's no passion in his voice. When he speaks about the minimum wage or is bashing Republicans he gets fired up yet can't seem to display any emotion when he's talking about the terrorist monsters who are killing Americans? By contrast, Vice President Joe Biden was in New Hampshire and said this:
Obama's weak, tepid response also stands in contrast to other Presidents and world leaders facing similar situations. Can you imagine Franklin Roosevelt coming out after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and saying we would "shrink their sphere of influence and manage the problem?" Would Winston Churchill have been regarded as a great war time leader if he had told the British people: "we're going to manage the Germans on the beaches?"
It's no secret that Obama can't seem to say the words "Islamic radicals" or terrorists in the same sentence. Now, he isn't even clear what our ultimate objective should be. It's no wonder we have no strategy. And just how will Obama lead that worldwide coalition when he can't even decide what the goal is?
Obama's confusion simply feeds the current image of ISIS that is attracting so many recruits to it's cause. If Obama had been resolute and decisive when ISIS first reared it's head it's doubtful they would been so successful and at such a cost of human life. Obama's dithering makes it appear to the Islamic terrorists that perhaps god is on their side! Thanks Obama!