U.S. President Barack Obama hails American leadership in the fight against Islamic State militants and ''Russian aggression''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama said that America's leadership and military might was halting the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria during Tuesday's (January 20) State of the Union address. "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," he said. Obama also called on Congress to pass a bipartisan resolution to authorize the use of force against Islamic State. On Russia, Obama said the U.S. was "demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy." "We're upholding the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small - by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine's democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies," he said. "Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr. Putin's aggression was a masterful display of strategy and strength. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters. That's how America leads - not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve," he added.