Obama Increases Vow to Punish ISIS

Posted September 3, 2014 at 11:10am

The New York Times reports that “President Obama vowed on Wednesday to punish the Sunni militants whose videotaped beheadings of two American journalists he said had ‘repulsed’ the world, saying the United States would lead a regional and international coalition to beat back the terrorists.”  

“’Our objective is clear, and that is: degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat, not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States,’ Mr. Obama said, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was speaking at a news conference here on the eve of a NATO summit meeting in Wales, as pressure built for him to articulate a broader military strategy to take on the ISIS militants.”  

“’It’s not only that we’re going to be bringing to justice those who perpetrated this terrible crime against these two fine young men,’ the president said. ‘The United States will continue to lead a regional and international effort against the kind of barbaric and ultimately empty vision’ the group represents.”