Looks like Obama’s finally admitting the “jayvee team” wasn’t so “jayvee” after all.
After well over a year of laughing off the threat by ISIS, the President has abruptly changed his position on the terrorist group, referring to it as a “serious threat” and finally admitting that it “must be destroyed” in a press conference. This is a complete 180 from his remarks just two weeks ago that the jihadist militia was “contained”, to say nothing of his infamous dismissal of the group a few months before it took over huge swathes of Syria and Iraq in 2014.
Tellingly, these comments were made during a joint conference with French President Francois Hollande, who was visiting the White House to discuss counter-terrorism strategies against the Islamic State. Hollande has been making the rounds across the world to rally support for a concerted effort to destroy ISIS, making Obama’s stated goal of “degrading” and “containing” the extremist menace look half-baked.
Whereas Obama has previously tried to minimize the danger the Islamic State posed, he is now professing to believe that the group threatens not only the US, but it’s allies as well. He also went out of his way to condemn it’s “murderous ideology”, though of course, he refused to discuss the Islamic roots of said murderous ideology. Per Free Beacon:
“‘This is an important moment for our nations and for the world. This barbaric terrorist group, ISIL or Daesh, and its murderous ideology pose a serious threat to all of us. It cannot be tolerated. It must be destroyed and we must do it together,’ Obama said.
A few weeks prior Obama had said in an interview that the terror group was not gaining strength and was contained.
‘I don’t think they are gaining strength. What is true is that from the start our goal has been first, to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq and in Syria they will come in, they leave, but you don’t see the systematic march by ISIL across the terrain,’ Obama said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.