In an ABC interview broadcast just hours before the ISIS attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos that ISIS has been contained.
Stephanopoulos: “But ISIS is gaining strength, aren’t they?”
Obama: “I don’t think they’re 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’ll come in, they’ll leave. But you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”
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At the G20 summit in Turkey, Obama did not describe the Paris attacks as “radical Islam terrorism.”
As was true with the terrible attacks that took place in Ankara, the killing of innocent people based on a twisted ideology is an attack not just on France, not just on Turkey, but it’s an attack on the civilized world.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Obama at a press conference in Turkey about his previous statements that downplayed ISIS.
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Acosta: “This is an organization that you once described as a JV team, that evolved into a force that is now occupied territory in Iraq and Syria and is now able to use that safe haven to launch attacks in other parts of the world. Why can’t we take out these bastards?“
Obama: “Our country spends hundreds of billions of dollars. Given the fact that there are enormous sacrifices involved in any military action, it’s best that we don’t, you know, shoot first and aim later. It’s important for us to get the strategy right and the strategy that we are pursuing is the right one.”
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