The Politics Behind Obama’s ISIS Speech

President Obama made his case last night for taking on the radical Islamist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL. The President announced a campaign of airstrikes in Syria, an effort to arm moderate rebels in the country and that he’d be sending an additional 475 troops to Iraq. But how much of the speech was really about politics, as opposed to national security?

Credits

Guest:
Molly Ball - national political correspondent, TIME - @mollyesque

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott