Obama Vows to Escalate Attacks on ISIS, Admits ‘Challenge’

Insists Not Ousting Assad Would Lead to More Terror Attacks

Speaking today at his year-end conference, President Obama is talking up the further escalation of US airstrikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, vowing to hit ISIS “harder than ever,” though as usual offering no particulars on what he intends to do differently.

Obama’s conference mirrored a lot of his recent talks, trying to downplay the risk of terrorist attacks and urging calm while conceding that the government can’t possibly detect all of the “lone wolf plotters” who might be planning strikes.

That and ever-more-bellicose vows on the ISIS war, admitting “challenges” but insisting that just a little more escalation of the conflict will “neutralize” ISIS ultimately, a goal he continues to insist is also going to have to include the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Even though Secretary of State John Kerry just days ago insisted the US isn’t out for regime change in Syria, Obama once again painted victory as only possible if Assad is removed, saying the US would be more likely to face future terrorist attacks if they agreed to let Assad stay in power.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.