Obama Admits Attack Was ‘Act Of Terrorism’

President Obama’s pledge to largely stay the course in his strategy to defeat Islamic State militants last night was at times encouraging and underwhelming, politicians and security experts told the Herald, as Obama sought to use a rare Oval Office address to quell national unease after the apparently ISIS-inspired mass shooting in California.

Speaking to the nation for only his third time from the Oval Office, Obama said the “threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it” and that the San Bernardino shooters had “gone down the dark path of radicalization.”

“This was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people,” he said in the 13-minute address.

Obama did propose some minor steps, calling for a review of the visa waiver program the female shooter used to enter the country. He also called on Congress to pass new authorization for military actions underway in Iraq and Syria, and to approve legislation to keep people on the “no-fly list” from buying guns.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell told the Herald Obama “gets kudos for finally acknowledging that this was an act of terrorism,” but said the address was “largely a defensive speech that didn’t inspire confidence that Obama’s taking the fight to ISIS and terrorists at large.” 

Read more from Jack Encarnacao at the Boston Herald

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