WASHINGTON, January 21 (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama will tell Americans in the State of the Union speech that US leadership is blunting the advance of the Islamic State, according to excerpts of the speech provided by the White House Press Secretary's Office on Tuesday.
Obama will argue the United States is supporting the moderate Syrian opposition and helping people face the “bankrupt ideology of violent extremism.”
“This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed,” Obama will tell the nation, calling on Congress to pass a resolution to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State.
US President Barack Obama will be delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. local time (4:00 GMT), laying out his policy agenda before the Republican-controlled US Congress, discussing tax hikes for the rich, cybersecurity legislation, criminal justice and immigration reforms.