Obama’s Strategy for Fighting Islamic State Moving Forward

In a speech at the Diplomatic Corps Reception Friday afternoon, Obama made it clear that he will “push back” against any who speak ill of Islam, saying it is a religion that “teaches peace, justice and compassion.”

Already 7 ½ years into his presidency, he’s going to end the Syrian civil war with diplomacy, he said.

“And in contrast to these terrorists who only know how to kill and destroy, we’re going to win this fight by building; by never giving up on diplomacy to end the Syrian civil war; by working with partners around the world, including Muslim communities, to push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort Islam — a religion that teaches peace and justice and compassion…..

In the wake of last night’s attacks, we’ve heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be targeted, tested for their beliefs; some deported or jailed.  And the very suggestion is repugnant and an affront to everything that we stand for as Americans.”

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