The US President has firmly declared that the country will not get into any major military offensive against the ISIS, despite the carnage in Paris on November, 13, 2015. The president was replying to the queries on this matter raised at a press conference held at the end of G-20 summit. The summit was held at Antalya, Turkey.
President Obama strongly condemned the killing of 120 civilians in France. He also mentioned that the US will intensify the existing methods being employed to contain ISIS following the terrorists attack in Paris, but confirmed that drastic shift in the US military policy on ISIS was not on cards. It may be recalled that as of now, the US is undertaking airstrikes, apart from helping the local armed forces on ground to battle ISIS. President informed the press that the methods being used as of now to undermine ISIS were the best possible methods, highlighting that the process will take time and that there was considerable progress with this method because of which ISIS now has lesser area under its control. According to the president his view is shared by both civilian advisors as well as military advisors in the country.
There were suggestions that the US should go all offensive with military forces. President also brushed aside suggestions for more US forces on ground in both Iraq and Syria. He felt that participation of ground forces would backfire. According him,the US military could take over Ramadi, Raqqa and Mosul from ISIS, but such control would be temporary. President Obama felt that such a move would merely be a repetition of what happened on previous occasions. The problem was that the local population in Syria was not completely committed towards such a change. Unless that happened the attempt would be futile because ideological differences were bound to resurface. By defeating ISIS, the US could occupy the country but would be trapped into the position of being almost a permanent occupier. That according to him would be unsustainable obligation on the US considering that terror attacks can also come from other Middle Eastern nations such as Libya, Yemen, and North Africa, not to mention Southeast Asia.
President also criticized the opposition for demanding actions that were already under progress. He reminded that he does not believe in talking about what he does and in the past he has sent troops to Afghanistan when he felt such forces were necessary there. He also left the troops for longer there. While on the subject the President also expressed disapproval of Republican party’s demand for subjecting the fleeing Syrians to religious tests. Effectively, the political views of Republicans on this matter are different from outgoing president.