Obama Says ISIS Is 'Top Priority,' Slams Cruz and Trump for Starting 'Slippery Slope'
President Obama took aim at Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump today in an address from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The president, who has received much criticism for his response to the Brussels terror attacks yesterday as well as his overall counter-terrorism strategy, insisted that the defeat of ISIS remains his single “top priority.”
“There’s no more important item on my agenda than going after them and defeating them,” said Obama. “The issue is how do we do it in an intelligent way?”
“What we don’t do and what we should not do is take approaches that are going to be counterproductive.
So when I hear somebody saying ‘We should carpet bomb Iraq or Syria,’ not only is that inhumane, not only is that contrary to our values, but that would likely be an extraordinary mechanism for ISIL to recruit more people willing to die.
As far as the notion of having surveillance of neighborhoods where Muslims are present? I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance. Which, by the way, the father of Sen. Cruz escaped, for America, the land of the free.”
“The notion that we would start down that slippery slope makes absolutely no sense. It’s contrary to who we are. And it’s not going to help us defeat ISIL,” Obama added.
“We’re not gonna do things that are counterproductive, simply because it’s political season.”
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