Obama admits U.S. underestimated ISIS threat

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a "60 minutes" interview, President Obama admitted that the U.S. "underestimated" the threat of the vicious terrorist group ISIS and what's been going on over in Syria.

"They were able to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos and attract foreign fighters who believed in their jihadist nonsense," Obama said during the interview.

Obama also agrees with James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, that the U.S. "overestimated" what the Iraqi army was capable of doing.

All of this comes after weeks of U.S.-led airstrikes.

Meanwhile, ISIS is closing in on the key Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, near the Turkish border.

Turkish armed forces have sent out tanks, however, that country hasn't joined the military coalition just yet.

Some European countries have, although, they're all keeping their hands off Syria though.

"That's always the case. America leads. We are the indispensable nation. We have capacity no one else has," Obama said.  "That's how we roll."

So it begs the question: is this a battle America is ready to fight?

Based on a recent CNN/ORC International poll, 73 percent of Americans support the U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS, but only 36-percent are in favor of putting troops on the ground.


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