Manage Problem or Destroy? Obama Gives Mixed Messages in ISIS Address

Obama’s “strong” stance against ISIS is kind of confusing. Are we going to take them out or manage the problem? And why is Obama uncomfortable telling America his strategy?

President Obama spoke Wednesday morning from Estonia following the beheading of a second American journalist by ISIS terrorists. His remarks came as the U.S. confirmed that a video of the murder of Steven Sotloff was authentic.

Obama promised there would be “justice” for the “barbaric” murder by ISIS, then struck a strong tone on possible action against ISIS.

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“The bottom line is this: 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.”

Later, however, he seemed to soften that tone and spoke of reducing ISIS to a “manageable problem” with regard to the ISIS threat.

“We know 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 we’ve got the international will to do it,” said Obama.

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