President Obama gave a rare Sunday night address to the nation from the Oval Office last night. President Obama did call the murders of 14 people in San Bernardino last week an act of terrorism. The President referring to Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik saying, “'It is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization. So this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.'' Obama said, “'And I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure. The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it.”
The President called for a review of the way the U.S. gives out visa’s to immigrants, and a tightening of security measures. But the President didn’t announce any big changes to anti-terror strategy. No new troops in Iraq and Syria. No stepped up bombing campaign. Instead he called for Congress to act to authorize strikes that are already happening. The President also wants stronger gun control measures including a ban on gun purchases by people on the no-fly list (President Obama called them suspected terrorists.)
The President also insisted the United States would remain committed to allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S., and urged Americans not to discriminate against Muslims in the U.S.
Critics were left unimpressed.
House Speaker Paul Ryan saying in a statement, "The enemy is adapting, and we must too. That's why what we heard tonight was so disappointing: no new plan, just a half-hearted attempt to defend and distract from a failing policy," Speaker Paul Ryan. Jeb Bush said, "This president hasn't had a strategy and it is creating a caliphate the size of Indiana." Republican front-runner Donald Trump tweeted, "Is that all there is? We need a new President -- FAST!"
It comes as we get new information on the two terrorists who carried out the attacks.
They apparently did several dry runs. Syed Rizwan Farook practiced several times at a gun shooting range.
There’s a 3pm news conference today on the latest. There’s also another candlelight vigil this evening.
There was another attack over the weekend allegedly inspired by ISIS. A man yelling “This is for Syria,” stabbed three people in a London subway station. 29-year-old Muhaydin Mire had a court appearance today and was charged with attempted murder.
Venezuela broke away from 17 years of socialism with national elections seen as a sharp change in direction from the policies of Nicolas Maduro.
The right wing National Front won a first round in French regional elections yesterday. There will be a runoff on December 13th.
Former President Jimmy Carter told a Sunday school group yesterday that he is cancer free. His doctors four months ago announced he had four spots of brain cancer, but it was apparently successfully treated.
A Spanish ship that disappeared more than 300 years ago has been discovered off the coast of Colombia.. it may have the world’s largest sunken treasure including 11 million gold coins and jewels from Spanish controlled colonies.