NBC’s Richard Engel Slams President Obama’s ISIS Speech: ‘Wildly Off-Base’


NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel appeared on MSNBC immediately following President Obama‘s speech on ISIS. He told Rachel Maddow that some of what Obama said on ISIS was “wildly off-base” and oversimplified the situation.

Obama likened the fight against ISIS to how the U.S. fought al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. Engel said, “I think it is wildly off-base, frankly. I think it’s an oversimplification of the problem.” He said unlike in Yemen or Somalia, ISIS controls “an area the size of Maryland” and it’s not comparable.

In addition, Engel said that there are Sunni villages that are just “afraid of the Iraqi army” and so the reality is, “that partner on the ground, in many ways, is a reason that people support ISIS in this country.”

In addition, Engel took to Twitter to give his not-so-kind reactions to the speech:

Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

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