President Obama admitted that he probably wouldn’t be able too defeat the threat posed by Islamic State terrorists while in office, shuffling off the end of the conflict to the next president.
Although the majority of the president’s press conference today was focused on the Iran nuclear deal, he spoke about the ongoing fight against ISIS.
“I think my key goal when I turn over the keys to the president — the next president, is that we are on track to defeat ISIL,” he said, expressing optimism that they would be “much more contained.”
He admitted that the civil war in Syria was an “open sore” in the Middle East, but that it would require all local factions to solve the problem – including Iran.
“Iran is one of those players, and I think that it’s important for them to be part of that conversation,” he said calling the situation in Syria “too chaotic” with “too many factions … too much money and too many arms flooding into the zone.”
Obama did claim some success in the region, arguing that thanks to his military actions in the region, ISIS had been “pushed back”
“We’ve also created an environment in which Sunni, Shia, and Kurd are starting to operate and function more effectively together,” he said.