Video Update|President Obama Speaks to the Nation on ISIL

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Tune In: President Obama Addresses the Nation on ISIL HERE.

ISIL= IslamicState of Iraq and the Levant.

The White House, Washington

Good evening,

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the “Islamic State,” it is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a “state.” It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq — strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working alongside the Iraqi government, we’ll expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. And we will continue to hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, whether in Iraq or Syria. They will learn what leaders of other terrorist organizations have already learned: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to the forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. We will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. These American forces will not have a combat mission. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence, and equipment — and tonight, I again called on Congress to give our military the additional authorities and resources it needs to train and equip the Syrian opposition fighters.

Third, working with our partners, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding, counter its warped ideology, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

And fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the innocent civilians displaced by this terrorism organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who have borne the brunt of this terror, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional action to support this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

This mission will not be like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This effort will be a steady and relentless approach to take out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting our partners on the front lines.

This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

When American forces helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on Mt. Sinjar, here is what one of them said:

“We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is what the United States of America does. That is the difference we make in the world. And moving forward, our own safety and security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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20 Responses to Video Update|President Obama Speaks to the Nation on ISIL

  1. Ametia says:

    LOL The jackals are at it, they’re MAD as usual, because PBO rolled up to the MIC and told Americans that basically the MEDIA is full of horseshit, fearmongering, and beating the drums of stupidity. *LOOKINGSTRAIGHT@YOUCHIRISMATTHEWS*

    And Richard Ingel, giving you the side eye too.

  2. Ametia says:

    President Barack Obama told the nation that ISIS poses a threat to the Middle East, including the people of Iraq and Syria. “If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including the United States,” he said.

    To combat the threat, the President said the United States:

    — will carry out a “systematic campaign of airstrikes” against ISIS.

    — will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. “These American forces will not have a combat mission,” Obama said.

    — will work with partners to stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

  3. vitaminlover says:

    “We will DEGRADE and ultimately DESTROY Isis!” Remember when he made that terrific promise concerning Bin Laden? That became a done deal! I don’t doubt this man. He keeps his word!

  4. Ametia says:

    Thank you, Mr. PRESIDENT!

  5. vitaminlover says:

    My God this man is so wise!

  6. rikyrah says:

    Our President is NOT playin!

  7. vitaminlover says:

    Lay out your strategies, Mr. President!

  8. Ametia says:

    ISIL is A TERRORIST Organization.

  9. rikyrah says:

    they gonna have to learn to clean up their own mess.

    tired of folks thinking we can police the world.

  10. Ametia says:

    And we see Chris Matthews bringing on Bill Maher to speak on what the POTUS is going to speak on before the POTUS speaks on it.
    These white guys can’t stand it that they don’t ahve any power over this president.

  11. vitaminlover says:

    I am so ready to hear him speak the TRUTH!

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