Reality: Islamic State doubles the amount of land they hold in Syria. Obama: We’re winning!
President Obama won’t claim victory of the Islamic State. But in tonight’s State of the Union he will say that he (or “American leadership”) is “stopping” its “advance.”
“In Iraq and Syria, American leadership – including our military power – is stopping ISIL’s advance,” Obama will say, according to excerpts released by the White House. “Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. We’re also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effort, and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism. This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.”