Obama aims to allay concerns about terror-fighting strategy

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  • Contrariuses mid-state, TN
    Dec. 15, 2015 3:01 p.m.

    @jsf --

    "actually ISIS has killed more than global warming."

    Global warming is just getting started, unfortunately.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2015 2:18 p.m.

    actually ISIS has killed more than global warming.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Dec. 15, 2015 2:00 p.m.

    "ISIS threatens us with warfare. Climate change threatens us with destroying our ability to live on Earth."

    Doesn't ISIS warfare destroy our ability to live on earth?

  • contrariuss mid-state, TN
    Dec. 14, 2015 11:50 p.m.

    @worf --

    "Why is climate change a bigger threat than ISIS?"

    That's easy.

    ISIS threatens us with warfare. Climate change threatens us with destroying our ability to live on Earth.

    See the difference?

  • hankel Butte, MT
    Dec. 14, 2015 9:27 p.m.

    @ Gary O
    President Obama is respected around the world? Really? By whom? Please clarify. I will remember this president for the damage he's done to our country, (nearly 20 trillion dollars in debt and very weak on his foreign policies), but the one thing that will really stand out in my mind is how he turned against our long-time ally, Israel.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 14, 2015 7:01 p.m.

    Obama needs to come clean with America.

    Why is climate change a bigger threat than ISIS?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 4:06 p.m.

    Tango dancer
    BO's advisors and the iraqis begged BO to disregard bush's agreement calling for the withdrawal, fearing the rise of ISIS. Guess what? BO ignored the experts and allowed ISIS to rise.

    Al qaeda started during the 90s, and clinton allowed it to flourish, twice rejecting offers from foriegn powers for OBL. we discovered on 9/11 how short sighted that was. In the cases of ISIS and al qaeda, terror groups grew strong enough to harm us because dem administrations took too casually their responsibility as CIC. Don't want to have to make the tough call? Don't run for the office.

  • Tango Dancer Bronx, NY
    Dec. 14, 2015 3:31 p.m.

    lost in DC
    West Jordan, UT

    " . . . had BO remained vigilant in 2011-2012, no ISIS."

    A little historical note:

    ISIS was born out of the Iraq invasion in 2003 when the Iraqi military was disbanded and Sunni ex-military officers organized to fight "the invaders". Because the U.S. had no plan to integrate Sunni and Shi'ite, civil strife overtook the country.

    With a dominant, Shi'ite majority unwilling to work with the Sunni minority, it is not unusual for fighting to break out and insurgent groups to develop. ISIS arose in 2006 following the degrading of Al Que'da and the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. By 2010 Abu Bakr al Baghdadi had become the leader of ISIS and moved aggressively to conquer territory in both Syria and Iraq.

    This was all in place prior to 2011-2012.

    Finally, U.S. Troops and intelligence operations were pulled out of Iraq in late 2011 under an agreement between the Iraqi government and the Bush Administration.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 2:15 p.m.

    Almost every week we have a Christian, white, nut case committing mass murder. Tsk tsk, what a shame is the general attitude. Now we have two Islamic nut cases committing mass murder and hysteria runs amok. But sane gun laws, nah. Keeping suspected terrorists on the do not fly list from buying guns, nah. Refusing to let people fleeing terrorism into our country? Yuh, cuze they might hurt someone. It is laughable.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 1:03 p.m.

    This is the political season, so the Obama trashing continues as Republican contenders huff and puff how they would deal with a situation for which they have no responsibility.

    All school yard taunts. Conservative v. Liberal. All for naught. Stick you tongue out and claim victory. Nothing of substance. Nothing of import. Just silly catcalls and other nonsense.

    When the world is consumed by "Us v Them" where the would is the United States and "Us" is one partisan side and "Them" is the other, no wonder nothing gets accomplished. It's a continuing game of one upmanship.

    It doesn't matter the subject, the response is always the same. I wonder if we were at war and sharing a foxhole, would the pettiness and small-mindedness continue? Would they still disrespect the President when we are One Nation, Under God, Indivisible? I think many would because they can't accept the changing world about them.

    Racism and xenophobia have lifted their terrible and destructive heads and appear to be running rampant. People are being manipulated by the fear-mongers. And all we get is more of the same hate and divisiveness.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 12:17 p.m.

    "Don't forget to add the over 2,000 militant deaths by drones since he took office." You mean the method liberal progressives complained about and told us it was criminal when Bush did it?

    Do the liberal progressives ever suffer from whiplash when they reverse course.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 11:57 a.m.

    Obama opens hiss moputh against guns and a 100 million more gins are sold this year.....good Job Obama! I bought one too.....

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    Dec. 14, 2015 10:10 a.m.

    He hasn't got any plan. His obvious intention is to dither and hand it off to someone who will do something. That he cannot or will not admit the existence of Islamic terrorists says it all. His use of the term ISIL ought to clue you in to his sympathy for Islamists and his antipathy towards Israel. We can't remove this guy from office fast enough.

  • RJohnson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 10:00 a.m.

    @patriot

    "He has no courage or stomach to fight terror nor does he have a 'real' strategy. For the past 5 years Mr. Obama has been in a full gallop reteat away from any confrontation"

    Please provide proof to support this claim. Don't forget to add the over 2,000 militant deaths by drones since he took office (as compared to less than 300 by his predecessor), the air strikes against ISIS in Syria since the fall of 2014, the President's Directive to the CIA (with Congressional approval) to arm and train Syrian anti-government forces, and the 600-plus (with talk of more) troops in Iraq and 9,000-plus troops in Afghanistan.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Dec. 14, 2015 9:53 a.m.

    He has a strategy? Who knew?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Dec. 14, 2015 9:33 a.m.

    Looks like the "Conservative" posters have had free reign to spout their outrageous baloney, but nobody else is allowed input.

    Is it becasue Deseret News wants to be "fair and balanced" in the spirit of FOX "NEWS" and publish NOTHING but totally fabricated or otherwise fact free tirades of its "Conservative" fans?

    Hey Patriot -

    " . . . America has seen more than enough from Mr. Obama to know that this man is not a commander or chief of anything. He has no courage or stomach to fight terror nor does he have a 'real' strategy."

    Uh huh . . . Except for the fact that Obama is respected around the world where America's Republican leaders are disdained .. . And it's probably because of the kind of "strategy" favored by Republican leaders that almost always leaves the world in worse shape.

    Yes, I understand your sentiment Patriot . . . But it's completely unsupported by fact.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 14, 2015 7:13 a.m.

    No need to worry about ISIS, they are the JV

    don't need terrorists to divide us, BO is doing a good job of that on his own.

    Mad Hatter,
    had BO remained vigilant in 2011-2012, no ISIS.

    Have you not been through TSA at an airport? We have already given in to fear.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Dec. 13, 2015 11:52 p.m.

    The chances of being harmed by a domestic terrorist is far greater than the ISIS-inspired shooters everyone is afraid of. Perhaps greater than a bee sting or airplane crash.

    The fear that currently grips the country is generated more by partisan talk, enhanced by the media, than it is real. People need to decide for themselves if they are going to be controlled by such fear or go about their lives confident in the work of those who are dedicated to our protection.

    The terrorists only have to indicate the "target" of an attack to frighten Americans even where they are incapable of carrying out such an attack. Rumor spreads the fear and people succumb even when there is no evidence. The terrorists win, we lose. The get us to expend money, resources, energy because they can manipulate us and frighten us to their delight.

    So, choose your path. Either continue to live in fear or stand up and remain vigilant, but don't give into the fear.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Dec. 13, 2015 6:03 p.m.

    Looks like the "Conservative" posters have had free reign to spout their outrageous baloney, but nobody else is allowed input.

    Apparently Deseret News wants to be "fair and balanced" in the spirit of FOX "NEWS" and publish NOTHING but totally fabricated or otherwise fact free tirades of its "Conservative" fans.

    Hey Patriot -

    " . . . America has seen more than enough from Mr. Obama to know that this man is not a commander or chief of anything. He has no courage or stomach to fight terror nor does he have a 'real' strategy."

    Uh huh . . . Except for the fact that Obama is respected around the world where America's Republican leaders are disdained .. . And it's probably because the kind of "strategy" favored by Republican leaders that almost always leaves the world in worse shape.

    Yes, I understand your sentiment Patriot . . . But it's completely unsupported by fact.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2015 3:21 p.m.

    The Trump phenomena seems to be fueled by the president's casual assurances that ISIS is contained and we should not worry about domestic terrorism. His pallid solutions to the supposed non-problem are not reassuring and recent reports that Malik's visa was not screened adequately demonstrate how vulnerable the US is. Though not personally a Trump supporter, I am amused that the news media acts surprised by his popularity. Trump is a populist gadfly, perhaps even a demagogue, but he strikes a resonant cord in some Americans.

  • kranny utah, UT
    Dec. 13, 2015 11:34 a.m.

    No wonder the AP has lost credibility, suggesting that someone who has dishonored his oath of office to uphold the Constitution, can gain the trust of Americans that he can stand up to an ISIS organization he refuses to call out as bandits. I wouldn't buy lemonade from him.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 13, 2015 11:07 a.m.

    I undestand the man still has one year left in his presidency but honestly America has seen more than enough from Mr. Obama to know that this man is not a commander or chief of anything. He has no courage or stomach to fight terror nor does he have a 'real' strategy. For the past 5 years Mr. Obama has been in a full gallop reteat away from any confrontation and he thought he could be remembered as the president who got America out of war but instead he will forever be remembered as the president who set the world on fire because of his pathetic weakness. It would take pages to outline the terrible decisions made by this man on foreign affairs not to mention the corruption but suffice to say Mr. Obama will rank dead last in presidential rankings over the past 100 years after Jan 2016.

    Americans are terrified nation wide and as a result hand gun sales are at all time highs -- just the opposite of the intention of Mr. Obama and his handlers in the Democrat party.

    Finally -- Hillary would be nothing less than a third term of Barack Obama.

  • Owhee5 2C, ID
    Dec. 13, 2015 10:48 a.m.

    His words are hollow. All day long.