NBC pans Obama's Islamic State address

Journalists and political commentators for NBC hit President Obama for delivering a national address Sunday night that was widely perceived as uninspired and ineffective.

Monday on NBC's "Today," foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell said the content of Obama's speech, as it related to the administration's strategy to combad the Islamic State terrorist network, did not befit the Oval Office setting.

"[W]hat he needed to project is that we have solutions and in fact with no new strategy to announce, having elevated this to a Sunday night primetime speech from the Oval Office, which is, you know, incredibly important," she said. "It's rarified air ... and to not have a new strategy, to not explain new military options or new political options or to embrace some sort of unifying vision really is a problem."

In his speech, Obama maintained that the U.S. will "overcome" and "destroy" the Islamic State. Though even as he acknowledged that the threat had "evolved," Obama did not indicate any major change in strategy, which largely relies on airstrikes and training opposition forces in Iraq and Syria.

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