Obama: ‘We’ll have to do a better job’ to defeat ISIS

President Barack Obama on Friday slammed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as “a brutal organization.”

In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Obama said that the United States needs to have a better handle on the group because “we’ve been pretty much the only country that’s been able to stop them from being able to do these kinds of things, which is really unfortunate.”

Obama said he is concerned about ISIL because of the “very serious consequences” that the group is inflicting on Iraqis.

The President said that ISIL “is in large part the result of our failure to make a concerted effort in the Middle East.”

He said that “we have to have that better handle” to defeat the group, but that the “good news” is that “there are going to be some gains that will be made, even though ISIL has a lot of ways in which it’s going to make them harder.”

Obama called the group “a very, very dangerous organization,” but that it has “lost sight of what it wants to achieve.”

Obama described ISIL as a “virus” that poses a “serious challenge to regional stability and peace,” and that the U.S. will have to “have a much more robust response.”

Obama also said that despite the fact that the number of Americans killed in the fight against ISIL has declined from more than 100,000 during the Obama administration to fewer than 100 as of late August, the country is still a “terrifying place” and that we have to fight this disease on a much grander scale.

“We have to come up with a much greater level of engagement, a much broader range of actions, a more comprehensive approach,” Obama said.

“But it’s a virus.

And it has to be defeated.

And we will have, at the end of the day, to make that work.”

Maddow pointed out that “as we get more sophisticated and we get better at identifying this virus and at tracking it and at making sure we are taking every measure possible to contain it, we’re going to have to take a much larger role in Iraq and Syria.

We will have a much bigger role.”

Obama added that the military “can’t be there every day.

It can’t do everything that the president wants to do.

But it’s not going to do everything we want to do.”

Maddon pressed Obama on whether the U .

S. would take “full responsibility” for the country, but Obama responded that the country will have “to make some choices.”

The president also said he believes that the ISIL “cannot be defeated on its own.”

He also noted that “our military can’t be everywhere at once,” and said that it will have an “important role” in helping “to get ISIL into a less destructive state.”MADDOW: How do you think the administration is going to address this virus?

OBAMA: Well, I think the answer is we’ve got to do the things that I just mentioned, and that is the fact-finding mission that we’re undertaking.

That is going in the right direction, and I think that that is a good thing.

And the fact is, ISIL has been a threat to our country.

ISIL is trying to use the threat of ISIL to get their way.

They’ve taken over large parts of Iraq, and they’re making threats that we don’t know whether they’re actually going to use to attack us.

I think what we have now is ISIL’s attempt to get a foothold into Syria.

ISIL has tried to get into Iraq.

We’ve got an Iraqi army that has been in there for a couple of months, and ISIL has put them on notice, and we have a coalition of partners in Iraq.

And I think ISIL will be a much harder enemy to defeat in Iraq than it is in Syria.

MADDOW : What are the consequences of the defeat of ISIL?

OBASH: I think we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the number and the effectiveness of ISIL’s efforts in Iraq, which, in turn, has made the United State a much better partner with Baghdad.

We can’t have ISIL in Syria, and the United Kingdom and France are working hard to prevent that from happening.

We have to work with the Iraqis to defeat ISIL.

MENDOW: So you think that the battle to defeat ISIL is not over?

OBOSH: I don’t think it’s over.

I do think that we need to continue to do this work and to make sure that the Iraqis, the Turks, the Jordanians, and other countries in the region are able to get back to the negotiation table with ISIL.

And that will take some time.

MINDLE: So I just have to ask you: Are you concerned that the American military is not there to stop ISIL?OBASH: The United States is a nation-state.

We’re not a military superpower.

We are not a nation that has armies on the ground in