US President Barack Obama says California shooting was act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people

December 7, 2015 1:49 pm

In a rare Oval Office address, vowed that the
would overcome a terror threat that has entered a “new
phase” as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in
Paris and California.
“I know that after so much war, many
Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no
immediate cure,” he said, speaking from a lectern in his West Wing
office.
The President’s speech followed last week’s shooting in
San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21.
Authorities say a couple carried out the attack and the wife pledged
allegiance to Isis (Islamic State) and its leader in a Facebook post.
Obama
said that while there was no evidence that the shooters were directed
by a terror network overseas or part of a broader plot, “the two of them
had gone down the dark path of radicalisation”.

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

US President Barack Obama addresses the country from the Oval Office. Photo / Getty Images
addresses the country from the Oval Office. Photo / Getty Images
The President announced no significant shift in strategy
and offered no new policy prescriptions for defeating Isis,
underscoring both his confidence in his current approach and the lack of
easy options for countering the extremist group. He did call on
Congress to tighten America’s visa waiver programme and to pass a new
authorisation for military actions underway against Isis in Iraq and
Syria.
The President also reiterated his call for tightening US
gun laws, saying no matter how effective law enforcement and
intelligence are, they can’t identify every would-be shooter. He called
it a matter of national security to prevent potential killers from
getting guns.
In speaking from the Oval Office, Obama turned to a
tool of the presidency that he has used infrequently. He’s made
televised statements from the Oval Office just twice, the last in 2010
when he announced the end of combat missions in Iraq.

Bar patrons watch as President Barack Obama addresses the nation. Photo / Getty Images
Bar patrons watch as President Barack Obama addresses the nation. Photo / Getty Images
While Obama has spoken frequently about Isis in recent
conferences and other events, the decision to speak in prime-time
reflected concern among his advisers that his message isn’t breaking
through. The White House has been particularly concerned about the
heated rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates about Muslims.
The
President implored Americans to not turn against Muslims at home,
saying Isis was driven by a desire to spark a war between the West and
Islam. Still, he called on Muslims in the US and around the world to
take up the cause of fighting extremism.
The spread of radical Islam, he said, is “a real problem that Muslims most confront without excuse.”

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