Obama: "Degrade & Destroy ISIS"

By Steve Handelsman

Published 09/03 2014 05:01PM

Updated 09/03 2014 05:03PM

(NBC News) President Obama vowed Wednesday to "degrade and destroy" the ISIS militant group in the wake of their execution of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

"Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it's no longer a threat not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States," Mr. Obama said.

Still, some critics pounced on another comment made by the president when he said that the U.S. will target ISIS' military capability "to the point where it is a manageable problem."

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