Obama: Like I Said At The Baseball Game, ISIS "Can't Destroy Us," "They Are Not An Existential Threat"


At a news conference with Argentina President Macri this afternoon, President Obama said ISIS is "not an existential threat to us." He said a group that has "perverted one of the world's great religions" can not destroy us.

"I addressed this issue a little bit at the baseball game when I was interviewed by ESPN, but let me reiterate it," Obama said Wednesday. "Groups like ISIL can't destroy us. They can't produce anything. They're not an existential threat to us."

"They are vicious killers and murderers who perverted one of the world's great religions and their primary power, in addition to killing innocent lives, is to strike fear in our societies, to disrupt our societies so that the effect cascades from an explosion or an attack by semiautomatic rifle."

Obama said the way to defeat ISIS is reminding them "you are not strong, you are weak."

"We defeat them in part by saying you are not strong, you are weak," Obama declared. "We send a message to those who might be inspired by them to say you are not going to change our values of liberty and openness and the respect of all people."

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