Obama Touts ‘Broad Coalition’ in Airstrikes: ‘Not America’s Fight Alone’
President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday morning about last night’s strikes against ISIS and the al Qaeda group Khorasan in Syria, which represented a marked escalation of U.S. military operations against the militant groups in the region.
Obama especially touted the “broad coalition” engaged in the strikes, which comprised five Middle East nations (though Qatar apparently didn’t actually do anything).
“America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security,” Obama said. “The strength of the coalition makes it clear that this is not America’s fight alone. Above all, the people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting ISIL, and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve.”
Obama said little about potential further actions against Syria, but promised more international involvement, especially for training Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS.
He also cited bipartisan congressional support for the strikes. “America is always stronger when we stand united,” he said. “That unity sends a powerful message to the world that we will do what’s necessary to defend our country.”
Watch the clip below, via C-SPAN:
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