While the Republican candidates for President have spent the week since the horrific terrorist bombings in Brussel, Belgium, proposing ludicrous and counterproductive ideas such as patrolling Muslim communities in the United States (Ted Cruz) or waterboarding suspected terrorist suspects (Donald Trump), President Obama has actually been doing something to actually defeat the scourge of the Islamic State (ISIS) and other radical groups who seek to commit terrorist acts against American and her allies.
During the President’s weekly address to the nation, President Obama reassured the American public that ISIS and other terrorists will be defeated in time:
‘We’ve been taking out ISIL leadership, and this week, we removed one of their top leaders from the battlefield – permanently. A relentless air campaign – and support for forces in Iraq and Syria who are fighting ISIL on the ground – has allowed us to take approximately 40 percent of the populated territory that ISIL once held in Iraq. We’re supporting Iraqi Security Forces who are beginning to put pressure on the ISIL stronghold of Mosul. And we will not stop until ISIL’s safe havens are destroyed.’
This has indeed been a good week on the front against ISIS, with two of its top leaders being captured or killed and a new offensive beginning–so far with great success–against Islamic State fighters in their stronghold of Mosul. Coordinated efforts between the United States, allies, and Iraqi and Kurdish forces threatens to drive ISIS out of their traditional seat of power from which they oppress their fellow citizens and plot more attacks against innocent civilians.
The President also highlighted the efforts of law enforcement to bring terrorists to justice:
‘ISIL poses a threat to the entire civilized world. That’s why we’ve been leading a truly global coalition that will be vital to our success. Secretary Kerry is leading an international effort to bring the Syrian civil war to an end, a critical piece of restoring stability to that war-torn part of the world.’
President Obama also had some criticism of the GOP contenders, saying:
‘In that effort, our most important partners are American Muslims.That’s why we have to reject any attempt to stigmatize Muslim-Americans and their enormous contributions to our country and our way of life. Such attempts are contrary to our character, to our values, and to our history as a nation built around the idea of religious freedom. It’s also counterproductive. It plays right into the hands of terrorists who want to turn us against one another, who need a reason to recruit more people to their hateful cause.’
You can watch the President’s entire address here: