Obama: ‘You Can’t Contain’ ISIS, Goal Has to Be to ‘Dismantle Them’

For the past day or so, President Barack Obama has gotten lots of scrutiny for the kind of rhetoric he’s used in talking about ISIS; the “manageable” threat line getting a fair amount of pushback. Today Obama clarified that his goal with ISIS is to “dismantle them.”

During a press conference earlier this week, following the release of a second ISIS video of an American citizen being beheaded, the president both said that ISIS should be reduced a “manageable” threat and that the goal should be to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel defended Obama and said the latter is the real strategy.

Today Obama clarified exactly what his goal is for ISIS, and it is not just about containment:

“You can’t contain an organization that is running roughshod through that much territory, causing that much havoc, displacing that many people, killing that many innocents, enslaving that many women. The goal has to be to dismantle them.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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