President Obama gave his official “war speech” last night, speaking about his planned military action to stop Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria, but he never actually used the world “war” to describe his strategy.
In fact, the only time he used the word “war” was to remind Americans that “we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.”
Instead, Obama referred to his war in the Middle East as “targeted action,” a “systematic campaign,” and a “sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” while referring to the success of over 150 airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS.
That’s a stark contrast from his Nobel Peace Prize speech where he used the word “war” over 40 times.
Throughout his Nobel speech, Obama spoke about the necessity of war in order to keep the peace, speaking as the commander-in-chief of a great nation.
Obama’s reluctance to refer to his fight against terrorism as a war stems from a speech he gave in 2013 at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.