On Friday, President Obama told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell that ISIS is just one of many threats America needs to monitor and that, ultimately, local populations would reject the violent extremists.
According to the President, the biggest threat ISIS poses is to continue destabilizing Iraq and creating violence that could spill into other countries. “I think it’s important for us to recognize that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on,” he said. The President noted that groups like al Qaeda and Boko Haram are still active, and must be watched as well.
“This is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address but we’re not going to be able to address it alone. And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up,” President Obama said. “We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.”