President Obama Snaps at Military Brass – Unproven!

President Obama Snaps at Military Brass – Unproven!

Summary of eRumor:

A viral email alleges that President Obama snapped at military brass during a briefing in September 2014 and told them not to “try to paint all of Islam with the same brush” in response to airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
 

The Truth:

There’s no evidence to prove or disprove the claim that President Obama snapped at military brass during a briefing about airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. 

The email’s claims appear to have originated in a blog posted at the personal website of author DW Ulsterman. The blog post recounts the same claims at the eRumor without citing a source, so its claims cannot be proven or disproven.

The eRumor’s claim that President Obama traveled to Camp David on September 19, 2014, is true, USA Today reports. But it’s not known, however, whether or not the president held an “informal briefing” with pentagon officials before his departure. 

The eRumor’s claim that military advisors had in some way tried to “paint all of Islam with the same brush” doesn’t appear to jibe with actual events. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a press briefing on September 19, 2014, that plans were to  “go on the offensive against ISIL” with coalition airstrikes and ground support provided by Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Security Forces and Syrian opposition forces. The military’s willingness to partner with those forces to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group contradicts the eRumor’s claim that all of Islam had been painted with the same brush.

Posted 10/24/14

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