President Barack Obama visited Charlotte today to speak at the American Legion’s annual national convention. The president justified air strikes in Iraq against the group ISIL, which has taken over large territories of the country.
“The limited strikes we’re conducting have been necessary to protect our people, and have helped Iraqi forces begin to push back these terrorists,” President Obama said.
He pledged to “root out” ISIL and to retaliate for the murder of American journalist James Foley.
“Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple,” the president said. “America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what is necessary to capture those who harm Americans.”
President Obama reiterated earlier statements that actions against ISIL will not include sending U.S. ground troops into the country.
“Ultimately it is up to the Iraqis to bridge their differences and to secure themselves,” he said.