The White House made an announcement on Saturday that the President Obama will make an address regarding the San Bernardino shooting on Sunday night from the Oval Office. In the press statement Josh Earnest, press secretary informed that the president will speak on the initiatives the government is taking to keep American citizens safe. The presidential address will be at 8pm ET. A live report will be anchored by Scott Pelley. Check out cbsnews.com/live for the online address.
The presidential address will be on the investigation updates on the San Bernardino shooting that happened on Wednesday killing 14 people. The investigation by the FBI is on the lines of the act of terrorism. Obama will also speak on the nature of terrorism in the broader and how to combat it. Earnest continued that the president will reiterate that the destruction of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq) by uplifting the justice, equality and freedom by dominating the terrorist groups that resort to violence using destructive ideology.
On Friday FBI Director, James Corney said that the San Bernardino attackers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, Farook’s wife have been radicalized and may have been influenced by terrorist organizations from abroad. But there is more to the story, he finished. CBS News was informed that Malik gave her support to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghadi on Facebook under an alias name. Though, ISIS has not claimed any responsibility for San Bernardino attack. Meanwhile on Saturday an audio statement on the attack was released by ISIS calling the attackers as “soldiers of the Caliphate.”
Hillary Clinton opened up on how she intends to fight the ISIS and unfolds the controversies on her Wall Street ties. She spoke to Charlie Rose in the program CBS This Morning. Clinton in accordance with the president’s ideologies does not see any need to send American troops to wage a war on Syria and Iraq. She added that the recommendations of Republicans sending a battalion of troops to fight ISIS was not a smart move as it can give them an opportunity to engage in new recruitment opportunities.
Clinton called the terrorist group as a barbaric enemy that has now gained more money and territorial supremacy, and they need to be combated from varied fronts like air, ground and cyberspace. The former secretary of state said that Russia paid a big price by going after their jet was downed in Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. The ISIS claimed responsibility for this act. Her strategy also included a no fly zone over Northern Syria clearly informing the Russian about the zone, she added. Clinton made it clear that they need not participate, but they should clearly be aware that it was a safe ground zone.
The presidential candidate also made it clear that there should be continuous dialogue with Libya where ISIS is trying to make its presence. She said that there is a need to join hands together to eliminate ISIS. Reiterating that it cannot be done alone, she said that armed groups not associated with ISIS are fighting to gain power in Libya, and these groups have to form a loose confederation to eliminate ISIS and gain a stronghold in the region.
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President Obama addressed the nation on Sunday in the wake of San Bernardino attack. He called upon the Congress to initiate action on all fronts. Obama said that the threat is real, and it has to be overcome by destroying ISIL among other organizations that cause any harm. Meanwhile, he urged the people of America not to treat Muslim friends and those in the neighborhood as enemies and turn the fight against ISIS as fighting a particular religion.
The San Bernardino attack killed 14 people leaving its mark clear that it can attack the US people on their soil. This was the message after learning that the Tashfeen Malik wife of Farook, who were involved in the attack pledged their support to ISIS leader on Facebook. Malik, Pakistani by origin came to the US in 2014 after marrying Syed Farook, who works at the health department as Health Inspector and living in Chicago born to Pakistani parents.
The President said that all those killed in the attack were American citizens and part of the big American family. He furthered that the attack was not by the overseas terrorist organization but was planned at home. The outgoing president also said that the two attackers have embraced the ‘path of radicalization’ by waging war against Americans, and that is not what Islam preaches. This type of vandalism kills only innocent people, he agonized.
Obama did not announce any new strategies to fight ISIS even after the recent Paris attack where 130 people were killed by gunmen last month. Moreover, he reiterated that the present strategy is supported by counterterrorism experts and military. The strategies are refined to meet the challenges and steps are taken to counter them, he informed. Terrorist attacks since 9/11 attacks have evolved, and the four strategies used include track terrorist leaders across the globe, providing equipment and training to those groups in Iraq and Syria fighting terrorism, put an end to ISIS operation, recruits, and finance, and sign a political resolution to end the civil war in Syria.
Obama made it clear that giving in to fears and changing the way of life is what ISIL is hoping to see. Meanwhile, he called upon the Congress to pass legislations to ban guns to those on no fly list, cutting down on accessibility to weapons, screening visa waivers and pass AUMF to fight against ISIS.
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