No surprise considering this is the same administration that scrubbed every mention of the words Islam, Muslim, and jihad from counterterror documents.
President Barack Obama addressed questions that the United States had underestimated the threat of Islamic State attacks, noting that the US and its partners had “acute awareness” of the threat, but that its difficult to strike a non-governmental group.
“The concerns about potential ISIL attacks in the West have been there for over a year now and they come through periodically,” Obama told reporters at a Group of 20 summit in Turkey on Monday, using an acronym for Islamic State (IS, also formerly known as ISIS).
The president promised that the US has not underestimated the ability of IS to strike Western countries militarily, but because the terrorist group does not conduct “conventional warfare,” it is difficult to stop.
“We play into the ISIL narrative when we use routine military tactics that are designed to fight a state that is attacking another state,” he said. That’s not what’s going on here. These are killers with fantasies of glory who are very savvy when it comes to social media and are able to infiltrate the minds not just of Iraqis and Syrians but disaffected individuals around the world.”
“It’s not their sophistication or the particular weaponry they possess but it is the ideology that they carry with them and their willingness to die,” Obama added.
There was no way to prevent the coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night, Obama said.