United States President Barack Obama on Sunday made an address to the American nation with the intent to assure Americans that he will defeat the Islamic State terrorism and keep the nation safe and secure.
Obama made a rare Oval Office address to the nervous American public in regards to the terrorism that is going on overseas in the Middle East and the threat it poses to the American nation.
According to Reuters, Obama used his 14 minutes of a televised appearance to precisely point out what he is prepared to do and exactly where does he draw the line. He vowed to “hunt down terrorist plotters anywhere they are”, but also that “We should not be drawn once more into a long and costly ground war in Iraq and Syria.”
Obama’s address comes four days after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, where a U.S. citizen Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at a holiday party for civil servants. Both of them were killed later during a police shootout.
According to Reuters, President Obama called the attack “an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people” and added that the San Bernardino attack demonstrated that “the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase”, because the extremist organization Islamic States, also known as ISIS is using the Internet to recruit and “poison the minds” of potential assailants.
Obama maintained a collected appearance when he spoke to the nation, quite differently than the French President Francois Holland after the Paris attacks where 130 people were killed by militants from the Islamic State. He spoke about gun control and how it is connected with terrorism and national security.
According to Reuters, he said “we also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino. What we can do – and must do – is make it harder for them to kill.”
He also called on Silicon Valley to help fight online threats made by the Islamic State and stop any violence that is spreading through social media and electronic communications.
Pressured by Republicans and Democrats alike for a more aggressive stance in the Middle East, Obama has deployed 3,500 troops to Iraq last year and it was announced last week that the Pentagon is ready to deploy more special operations to enhance the fight against ISIS.
The massacre in San Bernardino may as well be the greatest tragedy that has happened on American territory that involves terrorism, after the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington.