Is Obama Taking ISIS Seriously Enough?

Is Obama Taking ISIS Seriously Enough?

Using his left hand to punctuate every word of what he called his "bottom line" on the Islamic State, President Obama said at a news conference in Estonia Wednesday, "Our objective is clear—that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it's no longer a threat, not just to Iraq but also to the region and …" Then he paused.


His left hand fell to his side. His tone flattened. He continued: "… to the United States." In that brief moment of reflection may lie the key to whether Obama considers the brutal regime a direct threat to the country he leads.


This is not an insignificant parsing. While members of the president's Cabinet, along with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, consider the Islamic State a danger to the United States, the man most responsible for protecting U.S. interests has suggested that they are overreacting.


ISIS is a junior varsity squad, Obama shrugged last fall.


Social media exaggerates the horrors, he sniffed last week.

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