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At the G-20 Summit, after noting that the president once called ISIS the “JV” team that was “contained,” Jim Acosta bluntly asked Obama, “Why can’t we take out these bastards?”
Obama, who has been under intense criticism in the wake of the Paris attacks on Friday regarding multiple facets to his policy toward ISIS, was visibly annoyed that mainstream media reporters were pushing back on his usual rhetoric.
“I just spent the last three questions answering that very question,” Obama replied. “I don’t know what more you want me to add. I think I’ve described very specifically what our strategy is, and I’ve described why we do not pursue some of the other strategies that have been suggested.”
Obama. also said the Islamic State is not a “traditional military opponent.”
“We can retake territory,” he added. “And as long as we leave our troops there, we can hold it. But that does not solve the underlying problem of eliminating the dynamics that are producing the kind of violent extremist groups.”