Though President Obama went off on tangents during his UN General Assembly speech to denounce Russia and the Ebola virus, the bulk of his comments were aimed at ISIS, vowing a worldwide struggle to “roll back” and eventually destroy ISIS.
“We will use our military might in a campaign of air strikes to roll back ISIS,” Obama insisted, calling the group a “network of death” that could only be destroyed through force of arms.
Obama tried to present his open-ended, ever-escalating war on terror as distinct from President Bush’s, saying that the US is waging a “focused campaign against al-Qaeda and its associated forces.”
Obama also led a session of the UN Security Council to a unanimous 15-0 vote asking nations to ban citizens from traveling in support of ISIS operations or recruitment.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was alone in criticizing the focus of the ISIS war, citing US decisions to aid the Afghan mujaheddin and Saddam Hussein back in the 1980s, saying the current strategy of fighting terrorism “has not been up to the job.”