Obama's War On Terror

Cody Smith

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In only his third address to the nation from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama reassured Americans on Sunday night that the United States is equipped to meet the dangerous and “evolving” threat of terrorism The president offered no new details on the investigation into the San Bernardino attack, saying that “so far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.”

Instead, Obama compared the mass killing to attacks in Chattanooga ,Tennessee, fort hood, Texas and Boston, where, he said, “terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence” and where the Internet erased “the distance between countries.”

Outlining the U.S. strategy against ISIS, which Obama described as a “cult of death” that “does not speak for Islam,” the president cautioned against a “costly ground war,” which he said would serve only as a recruitment tool.

“That’s what groups like ISIS want,” he said.

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