O'Reilly: Admin Is 'Diminishing the Terror Issue'
Bill O’Reilly tonight sounded off on Susan Rice’s address on the United States’ national security agenda.
Read background from FoxNews.com:
President Obama unveiled a national security strategy on Friday that called for "strategic patience" and warned against American "overreach" -- an approach that drew criticism as some lawmakers say the rising threat from the Islamic State demands a more urgent response.
The 29-page document is meant to serve as a blueprint for Obama's final two years in office. The strategy cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges -- including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.
"American leadership remains essential," National Security Adviser Susan Rice said at a Brookings Institution event where she detailed the plan.
Yet the long-awaited security agenda included no major course changes in the military campaign against Islamic State militants or in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The document acknowledged serious threats abroad - and reiterated that, for the Islamic State, the goal is to "ultimately defeat" the terror group - but was imbued with a sense of restraint.
O'Reilly said Rice “completely avoided” any definition of how to stop ISIS from committing daily atrocities, though Rice said Obama believes that most threats can be diffused by enlisting world partners to join together against enemies.
The most specific thing Rice said was that American ground troops won’t confront terrorists because the threat they pose is not existential, O’Reilly explained, charging the administration with “diminishing the terror issue.”
O’Reilly also weighed in on Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech, where he compared the Crusades to ISIS violence. “The Factor” host called the president’s remarks “inexplicable.”
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