In another amazing display of Orwellian double-speak, President Obama outlined his administration’s policy to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ the Islamic State fighters in the Middle East (also known as ISIS or ISIL) – but emphasized that the United States is not at war with the religion of Islam.
His remarks after meeting with Pentagon commanders:
“To the American people, I want to say we will continue to be vigilant. And we will ultimately prevail. (But) this will not be quick. This is a long-term campaign. ISIL is opportunistic and is nimble.
Obama added that the additional actions he ordered a month ago have been successful and have robbed ISIS of about one-fourth of the territory it has taken in Iraq and Syria over the past two years.
“This is a reminder that ISIL’s strategic weaknesses are real,” Obama said, noting that the group is surrounded by enemies and has no air power. Its main weapon, he said, is fear. The President also emphasized that the war was against ISIL and not against the religion of Islam.
“We’ll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds we will never be at war with Islam. We’re fighting terrorists who distort Islam and whose victims are mostly Muslims.”
It sounds like Obama wants to have it both ways: Talking tough against ISIS/ISIL on one hand, but being careful not to offend the religion of Islam on the other. He doesn’t exactly have a lot of credibility when it comes to this group (who he earlier referred to as “the junior varsity”) before it made significant advances in Iraq.
Do you think Obama’s remarks are sincere, or is this just more political double-speak?
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