President Barack Obama delivered a justification for America's actions against the Islamic State on Wednesday—citing the country's role as a global leader, but calling on allies to support the fight.
"When the world is threatened, when the world needs help, it calls on America—even the countries that complain about America, when they need help, who do they call? They call us," Obama told an assembly of troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
Still, he repeated several times that the U.S. has no intention of fighting the Islamic State alone, and that America has learned over the past decade that regional partners need to be fully invested in this sort of campaign.
And, he added, "it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries future."