President Barack Obama's televised address about terrorism was a step in the right direction but ultimately lacked several key points, strategists told CNBC.
"It was an improvement on rhetoric but it did not change the overall strategy with regards to ISIL," said Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice at the California State University. "Obama got a B or C+ for effort but I don't think Americans will sleep significantly better at night."
In his third Oval Office speech, the president on Sunday night called the San Bernardino massacre "an act of terrorism" and outlined how his administration will "destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us."
The extremist organization known as the Islamic State, ISIL, IS or ISIS, has not formally claimed responsibility for the California massacre, which left 14 people dead, but over the weekend, the group's Iraq-based radio station referred to the attackers as "supporters."
"What the speech left out was getting our allies in the Middle East to be more judicious with regard to funding and dissemination of non-ISIS-related extremism," Levin said.
Indeed, several commentators, most notably Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have urged Middle Eastern governments, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, to ramp up counter-terrorism operations. While Obama may not have voiced it on Sunday, anticipated help from regional allies was likely a key factor in his decision to abstain from sending American troops to northern Syria, where ISIS maintains a stronghold.