President Barack Obama on Wednesday fiercely defended his steady commitment to battling the Islamic State – A position he keeps finding himself in, this time because of a baseball game.
Images of Obama doing the wave at a historic ballgame in Cuba with Raul Castro, as the number of deaths mounted on Tuesday from deadly bombings in Brussels, did not sit well with some. But Obama has been steadfast in his view that ripping up schedules gives the terrorists what they want.
Even as he called combating Islamic State his “No. 1 priority,” Obama said their “primary power is to strike fear in our societies, to disrupt our societies so that the effect cascades from an explosion or an attack by a semiautomatic rifle.”