"I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," Obama said. "It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil."
"America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat," Mr. Obama said. "I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."
His speech tonight got some key things right. He explained to the American people why we must confront Isil. He described the correct goal – to degrade and ultimately destroy Isil... However, the President’s plan will likely be insufficient to destroy ISIS, which is the world’s largest, richest terrorist army.
I fully support President Obama’s decision to utilize his authority to begin a counterterrorism effort against the terrorist army Isil. I applaud him for recognizing the seriousness of the threat and for going on the offense against this threat.
Now that a strategy has been outlined, it is critical that Congress and the American people come together in solidarity to support the president and our armed forces. On such an important matter of national security, we must show Isil we have the political will, the military might and the strength of a united country.
[Mr Obama] has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be the highest priority for the United States and other nations of the free world.
A speech is not the same thing as a strategy, however. While the president presented a compelling case for action, many questions remain about the way in which the president intends to act.
In the days ahead, the American people deserve a thoughtful and thorough debate about the mission, timeline, cost and exit strategy associated with this plan. For that to happen, the President must come to Congress. We should not involve American equipment, treasure or troops in a long-term mission abroad without comprehensive deliberation about what that means for our country.
I think this was the most explicitly pro-American speech of his presidency.
Tonight, the president has announced the United States' willingness to lead a coalition to destroy Isil, and I support these efforts.
Tonight the President spoke directly to our country about what it will take to lead the world to degrade and ultimately destroy Isil, and we are already well underway in the effort to assemble the coalition to get the job done. We are uniting the world against a unified threat, and the President's strategy will succeed because doing it with allies and partners isn't just smart, it's strong."
President Obama laid out a strong, comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy Isil, and the United States military is prepared to carry out its responsibilities in this counter-terrorism campaign. The men and women of the US Armed Forces are ready to carry out the orders of our Commander-in-Chief, to work with our partners across government, and to work with our friends and allies around the world to accomplish this mission.Source: The Telegraph | USA Today