Obama on Islamic State: ‘Ideologies not defeated by guns but by better ideas’


On the one hand you have Winston Churchill, who — when facing the threat of global Nazism in 1940 — rallied his troops and his countrymen by pledging, “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight … on the seas and oceans, we shall fight … in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” On the other you have State Department spokesmodel Marie Harf prescribing three hots and a cot as a means to winning over the Islamic State’s hearts and minds.

And somewhere in between (though sadly closer to Harf than to Churchill) you have Barack Obama whose solution to the ISIS problem has been a work in progress ever since he grossly underestimated the enemy by calling them the JV team.

Yesterday, the president conferred with military leaders at the Pentagon, then gave a speech on the subject of ISIS. After conceding that the terrorist group’s recruitment efforts have been “effective” — a point reinforced independently by a Clarion Project study, which found that 42 million Muslims view ISIS positively — he went on to outline his “strategy.” A transcript follows:
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