Speaking from the White House, and accompanied by Vice-President Biden, Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Hagel, President Obama detailed his request to Congress asking for authorization of military force to address the threat of ISIL in the Middle East:
Obama made clear that the draft authorization sent to the legislators does not signal a new ground war for the United States in the Middle East.
“I do not believe this nation is benefited … by being on a perpetual war footing,” Obama said.
President Obama repeated often his respect for our armed forces and his resolve that ISIL will be defeated:
“Our coalition is on the offensive. ISIL is on the defensive and ISIL is going to lose.”
“Our mission will succeed.”
“As Commander in Chief, I will only send our troops into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary for our national security.”