Obama’s Oval Office Address: ‘We Will Succeed’ In Mission To Destroy Terrorists
The President added, “I have authorized U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad precisely because I know how real the danger is. … The threat from terrorism is real, we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us.” The President, speaking about the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, addressed the issue of “home-grown terrorism” and gun control, and specific measures lawmakers should take to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of potential killers. hateful rhetoric and Islamophobia since the Paris terrorist attacks just weeks ago and made worse by the attack on Wednesday.
"We’re working…to stop ISIL’s operations—to disrupt plots, cut off their financing, & prevent them from recruiting more fighters" —@POTUS— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) December 7, 2015
“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam. That, too, is what groups like ISIL want. ISIL does not speak for Islam. They are thugs and killers. Part of a cult of death. And they account for a tiny fraction of a more than a billion Muslims around the world, including millions of patriotic Muslim-Americans who reject their hateful ideology.
“Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim. If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism, we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.
“My fellow Americans, I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history. We were founded upon a belief in human dignity that no matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law.”
For the full text of the President’s speech, click here.