From: Sarah Wheaton [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 6, 2015 5:20 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP
Subject: pool report 4b - speech highlights
President Obama spoke for about 20 minutes, taking two unexpected questions - one on the defense budget bill, one on future troop plans. Please check quotes against transcript..
The president began by summarizing the current state "our mission to degrade an ultimately destroy" ISIL
"Our comprehensive strategy against ISIL is harnessing" all elements of American power, Obama said, "perhaps most importantly the power of our values."
"This will not be quick. This is a longterm campaign. ISIL is opportunistic and it is nimble," he said.
"As with any military effort, there will be periods of progress, but there are also gonna be some setbacks."
It is, Obama said, "important for us to recognize the progress that's been made," including 5,000 airstrikes by the U.S. and its allies
Progress in Iraq shows that "when we have an effective partner on the ground, ISIL can be pushed back."
He also noted ISIL losses in Syria, including Kobani and the northern areas.
"These are reminders that ISIL's strategic weaknesses are real."
No aifrofrw "our coalition owns the skies, Isil's backed by no nation, it's" based on fear
Obama repeated call Press Secretary Josh Earnest made at briefing:
"If congress really wants to help in this fffort, they can confirm Mr. Adam Zubin" as Treasurey undersecretary in charge of effort to cut off ISIL's financing.
"He's highly qualified. Unfortunately, his nomination's been languishing up on the Hill, and we need the Senate to confirm him as soon as possible."
Obama noted U.S. progress in "speeding up training of Iraqi forces, including more volunteers from Sunni provinces." He added, "I made it clear to my team that we will do more to train and equip the moderate opposition in Syria."
On spread of Islamic extremism and recruitment:
"I've called on the international community to unite against this scourge of Islamic extremism."
"We've seen all kinds of home grown terrorism" and the damage wrought by a "single individual motivated by a hateful ideology and access to a weapon."
We "must not target any one community" he said, but "that said, we also have to acknowledge that ISIL has been particularly effective in reaching out to recruiting vulnerable people around the world... and they are targeting Muslim communities around the world."
"We'r gonna expect those communities to step up" against these "hateful ideologies," he said.
"This larger battle for hearts and minds is gonna be a generational struggle" not won/lost by the U.S. "alone."
"It's gonna be up to Muslim communtiies" to reject "warped interpretations of islam" and prevent recruitment but it's up to governments to address political and economic grievances.
Obama took a question from a reporter asking a question on behalf of servicemembers concerned about whether the president is going to veto the budget bill that pays them, an apparent reference to the National Defense Authorization Act.
"Our men and women are gonna get paid," he responded.
"What is also important in terms of our budget is making sure that we are not shortchanging all of the elements of American power that are helping us to secure our nation and project our power."
Those include longterm research for new technology.
"We're not gonna eat our seed-corn by devoting too much money on things we don't need now."
His administration submitted, Obama said, a budget is "realistic and that looks out in the future and says this is how we're gonna handle any contingency."
That can't be done with a budget that funds things that aren't necessary, he added.
Another question was about possibility of sending more troops overseas.
Currently he said he has ""no plans to do so." But American can't deal with global conflicts alone; "We'll be playing whack-a-mole" if we dry, he said.
White House Reporter