President Barack Obama gave a speech in the Oval Office Sunday night, addressing ways to combat terrorism across seas and here at home.
The speech comes after the recent shooting in San Bernardino was labeled as an act of terrorism.
“The threat from terrorism is real, but we will over come it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us,” Obama said. ” We will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless.”
He followed up this statement with his plan.
First the U.S. military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any countries deemed necessary.
Second, Obama said the U.S. will continue to provide training to Iraqi and Syrian forces to help them regain their own country, and avoid sending American troops to another war.
Third, along with friends and allies, the U.S. will to continue to find ways to disrupt ISIL plans by cutting down their finances and prevent them from recruiting more fighters.
“Since the attack in Paris, we surged intelligence- sharing with our European allies. We’re working with Turkey to seal its border with Syria. And we are cooperating with Muslim-majority countries – and with our Muslims communities here at home – to counter the vicious ideology that ISIL promotes online.”
The last bullet point in his plan is to find a political resolution to the Syrian War to unite every country and focus on destroying ISIL.
He then shifted his speech to here in the U.S. First he requested a call to action from Congress.
He asked that Congress make it so that anyone on a no-fly list shouldn’t be able to obtain a gun, calming it’s a matter of national security.
Next, he asked that Congress make stricter gun laws by making it difficult to obtain an assault weapons like the one used in San Bernardino.
“The fact is our intelligence and law enforcement agencies – no matter how effective they are – cannot identify every would-be mass shooter,” he said, acknowledging those who are against stricter gun laws. “What we can do – and must do – is make it harder for them to kill.”
Finally, he asked Congress to go ahead and authorize the use of military force to fight back ISIL. “It’s time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are untied and committed to this fight.”
The only thing Congress and the President seem to agree on is providing stronger screenings for those who come to America without a visa to see if they’ve traveled to warzones.
The speech than took a turn from a ‘what we need to do’ to a ‘what we should not do.’ A shift that outshines the attack list given prior with one request.
“We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam,” he said.
The words carried more merit than anything else in his speech.
ISIL does not define Islam he said, pointing out that the majority of terrorist victims are Muslims. And in order to win the fight against ISIL that we must unite and stop pointing fingers.
“It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated different. Because if we travel down that road, we lose,” he said. “Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sport heroes – and, yes, they are our men and women in uniforms who are willing to die in defense of our country.”
President Obama concludes his speech saying as long as we the people unite we can over come any obstacle. “Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear.”