Last week, President Obama said that he doesn’t want to jump the gun on Congressional authorization on potential military strikes in Syria because “we don’t have a strategy yet.” That little soundbite set off a whirlwind of cable news outrage, and the White House quickly clarified what he meant. But at a press conference in Estonia earlier today, President Obama himself addressed the controversy and cleared up exactly what it was he meant.
Obama, like the White House advisors who spoke out in the hours and days following that presser, said he was taken out of context and did not mean there’s absolutely no strategy to combat ISIS.
“I was specifically referring to the possibility of a military strategy inside of Syria that might require Congressional approval. It is very important from my perspective that when we send our pilots in to do a job that we know this is a mission that’s gonna work, that we’re very clear on what our objectives are, what our targets are.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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