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Obama Warns Defeating ISIS Won’t Be Quick

Obama Says Defeating ISIS 'Won't Be Easy,' 'Won't Be Quick' 1:00

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that destroying “a cancer” like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham will not be easy, but U.S. military might will know no bounds when pursuing those who threaten America.

“Rooting out a cancer like [ISIS] won’t be easy and it won't be quick,” Obama told the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. “But tyrants and murderers before them should recognize that kind of hateful vision ultimately is no match for the strength and hopes of people who stand together.”

The president also declared that “justice will be done” for slain journalist James Foley.

The comments came during the unveiling of new executive actions the president is taking to help improve veterans’ mental health and provide increased economic opportunities for those who served. It is the latest step to address the scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in May.

Obama said all Americans must work to help end the “tragedy of suicide” that has plagued many military men and women once they return from combat.



-- Andrew Rafferty