Politics: Obama Addresses the Nation

On Sunday, President Obama delivered an address to the nation in the wake of the attack in San Bernandino, California; his address was designed to emphasize the government’s campaign against an evolving terrorist threat. From a lectern in the Oval Office, he openly referred to the attack on the Inland Regional Center in San Bernandino as an act of terrorism, which was seemingly inspired, but not directed, by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). Mr. Obama promised an intensification of airstrikes against the Islamic State, and said that a growing coalition of nations and an increasingly sophisticated effort to capture and kill the group’s leaders would yield significant results. He also called for tougher screening of travelers who come to the United States without visas and asked Congress to ban gun sales to people on the government’s no-fly list and for limits on assault weapons. One of the address’s main purposes, however, was to urge the nation not to give into fear or language that casts suspicion on Islam and all Muslims. “We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between American and Islam,” Mr. Obama said, adding later, “It is our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose. That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.”

Contributor: Cai Redmond

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