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Obama: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They are Defeated with Better Ideas"

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President of the United States Barack Obama, flanked by Gen. Norton Schwartz, U.S. Air Force chief of staff; Gen. George W. Casey, U.S. Army chief of staff; U.S. Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, addresses the media during his first visit to the Pentagon since becoming commander-in-chief, Jan. 28, 2009.

(Worthy News) - During a press conference, President Barack Obama said the Islamic State's twisted ideology will not be defeated with guns, but rather they are "defeated with better ideas."

"As I've said before, and I know our military leaders agree, this broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort," Obama said. "Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated with better ideas — a more attractive and compelling vision." [Quoted from the Press Conference at the 11 Minute Mark]

Obama said the U.S. will continue working with its global partners to "counter ISIL's hateful propaganda, especially online."

"We'll constantly affirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam," he added. "We're fighting terrorists who distort Islam and whose victims are mostly Muslims."

The Four Pillars of the U.S Strategy Against ISIL

1. A systematic campaign of airstrikes against ISIL

Working with the Iraqi government, the U.S. is expanding our efforts beyond protecting Americans and humanitarian missions, so that we're hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on the offense. We are pursuing terrorists wherever they are, which means the President will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq. As he has said, "If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven." As of today, we've launched more than 5,000 airstrikes against ISIL.

2. Increased support to forces fighting ISIL on the ground

The U.S. has sent a small contingent of service members to support Iraqi forces, including Kurdish fighters, with training, intelligence, and equipment. These American forces do not have a combat mission, but are providing the support needed for Iraqi forces to go on the offense. In Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria's crisis once and for all.

3. Drawing on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks

Working with our partners, we are redoubling our efforts to cut off ISIL's funding, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, counter ISIL's warped ideology, and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

4. Providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians displaced by ISIL

We cannot allow innocent communities to be driven from their homelands. The U.S. continues to provide much-needed assistance to Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. [ Source ]


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5 thoughts on “Obama: "Ideologies Are Not Defeated With Guns, They are Defeated with Better Ideas"

  1. So, was Hitler and Naziism defeated with better ideas? Sure, the president is only making a point that you need MORE than a military intervention. You have to be fighting on the side of something that is a better ideology to live by. You have to have moral superiority in your actual positions. However, Obama talking about how they are strengthening this effort and intensifying that threat only underlines how he has been naive to depend far to much on superior ideology and far to reluctant to take strong action. In other words, it is ALMOST too little, too late. It's been a slow ramp-up and worse than that: it has taken a long time for him to even form a strategy of how to effectively deal with ISIL. In fact, it's not clear that he has a great strategy even yet.

    It is true that we should not be at war with Islam. Even Christ would never try to defeat Islam via war. He chose to defeat the wrong religions of this world through a better ideology, through moral superiority; in other words, through the truth of his WORD. He chose to wage a war of words and ideas to bring his truth into the world and not to bring it into being by force. As a result, the war is not yet won, some 2,000 years later; yet, it has been a successful spread of truth through the world, changing minds and hearts humbly.

    That is different, though, than being at war against violent Islamic control freaks. Wherever Islam spawns people who seek to spread Islam through violence, it is the role of the state to defend it's citizens and its friends with strength against that violence effort to control the world. Obama has said himself quite explicitly that he did not yet have a clearly defined strategy against ISIL, and that is pathetic because he could easily have seen this coming many years ago if he were not so naive about how such power can and will rise in a power vacuum, such as the one he left behind in Iraq when he pulled out.

    In answering questions, Obama says, "Our men and women will get paid" when asked about upcoming requirements that the military budget be cut. Fact is that it was announced today that the military will be reducing its forces by 40,000 troops due to budget cuts. So, yes, those who remain will get paid; but many will be laid off; and we are in a time with so many growing defense needs that we are clearly short-changing ourselves in terms of what we need for longterm defense.

  2. Superior ideology cannot defeat isil. This is a satanic controlled murderers. They have no ideology worthy of any human being. All they know is to die for allah and be given 72 virgins in hell. The only language that these murderous beasts know is force, military force. The whole effeminate western world cannot muster courage and mobilize the necessary military resources to destroy this monstrosity in the world. Look at boko haram, Hezbollah, hamas, alshabaz, isil, alqaeda, plo, just beheading, raping children, boys and girls alike, destroying innocent lives. I WILL SHOW YOU THE SOLUTION - JEHOVAH ELOHIM. Yes, it's only God the Maker of the universe who will end them once and for all. And watch this - the Almighty God will use HIS BATTLE AXE - the STATE OF ISRAEL to bring to an end this reign of terror.

    • Interesting thought. I mean that our effeminate western world is being held back, maybe like Pharaoh's heart was hardened? And so that our Lord's battle axe to conquer the mess of ISIS might be the State of Israel? That surely would be a strong witness to the inhabitants of the whole world (again) and another reason for Israel's continued existence, to be used so. So far, the State of Israel does not appear to be inclined to do any such thing. The reemergence of (The State of) Israel after WWII caused even the Atheist to reconsider a God that would/could do that. Note: It would be easier to read your comments if you refrained from using the "Jehovah" moniker for the All Powerful One and used Yehovah, Yahweh, or even YHWH (it was good enough for the Bible). Saying "Jehovah Elohim" has the scent of the 12 Jehovah's heresy that permeated Charismania a couple of decades ago (in the USA). You would be heard much better by the very people you wish to communicate to by using terms which show your understanding of the fact that the J sound didn't even exist in any of the native languages of the middle east (the semitic languages) until English affected them (including Hebrew and Aramaic, etc) about 500 years ago to add having a J sound for just such references as we western minded people have need of. Greek translated words beginning with Y's into words beginning with an I's. Then, hundreds and over a thousand years later, English again translated what had begun with Y's into J's. The same with the Tetragrammatron (YHWH). Saying YHWH Elohim is redundant. Elohim means plural god or gods, all by itself. It is only in the context of such as the Bible that elohim becomes Elohim. Just as you and I can refer to someone's god or our own God. Shalom

    • ISIS is revenging the Crusades. What they do is mirror image of what was done then, to their ancestors, by Roman Catholic Crusaders. Much of England (as a nation) grew up around sending younger sons of their aristocracy off to the crusades. It's the formal basis or Islamic hatred of all things of "the western world" aka The Great Satan. They are in a time warp, which I do not say to excuse them, just to put things in context. Obama's actions and inactions would be better seen in the light of his true goals. They are for purposes best done at and through the UN. The USA is simply a step up on the ladder to the UN for him and his. His Chief of Staff left soon after his election to take a position at the UN preparing the way for Obama. Sort of like a ill counterpart to John the baptizer.

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