Obama vows to destroy ISIS “cult of death,” urges religious tolerance
In a speech to the American people in the aftermath of the San Bernardino mass shooting, US President Obama repeated his vow to destroy ISIS and any organization that tries to harm the US while calling for religious tolerance, saying that the US will overcome the threat of terrorism.
Regarding the investigation into the mass shooting, he said it is clear that the two killers had "gone down the dark path of radicalization," but that there is currently no evidence that they were directed by an overseas terrorist organization or that they were part of a network within the US.
He said Washington will hunt down terrorists in every country, increase its training of forces, work with its allies to stop terrorist operations and establish a process to end the Syrian civil war. Obama said he had ordered a review of the US visa waiver program to prevent terrorists from entering the country, and is seeking ways to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.
In addition, he said the US should not be drawn into a long and costly ground war, which he said is exactly what ISIS wants, or let the country's efforts against ISIS be defined as a war against Islam, describing the terrorist organization as "thugs and killers" and a "cult of death." He also said it is the responsibility of all Americans to reject religious discrimination, but that Muslims "must confront" extremist ideology "without excuse."