Obama says America at 'crossroads' in terror fight
President Barack Obama speaks at the National Defense University in Washington on Thursday.
May 23rd, 2013
03:43 PM ET

Obama says America at 'crossroads' in terror fight

President Barack Obama in a major counterterrorism speech Thursday defended the American drone program, saying that despite the controversies around it, the strikes are legal and save lives.

Obama said the use of lethal force extends to U.S. citizens as well. On Wednesday, his administration disclosed for the first time that four Americans had been killed in counterterrorist drone strikes overseas, including one person who was targeted by the United States.

"When a U.S. citizen goes abroad to wage war against America - and is actively plotting to kill U.S. citizens; and when neither the United States, nor our partners are in a position to capture him before he carries out a plot - his citizenship should no more serve as a shield than a sniper shooting down on an innocent crowd should be protected from a SWAT team," Obama said.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The President is absolutely correct about US citizens who go abroad to engage in terrorism against their own country. Their citizenship should not protect them from drones.

    May 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EyeHawkB223

      We have more dangerous domestic enemies than foreign ones. I am currently circling over your position. *waves*

      May 24, 2013 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Harry

    We are at a crossroads: We used to be winning, now we're surrendering. We used to drone them where they lived, now we immigrate them here to blow up marathons or pull knives on cops in Florida. Great job! Take a holiday, or squeeze in a few rounds of golf.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      "Used to be winning....." I wouldn't call the 9/11 disaster or the invasion of Iraq exactly "Wins"!

      May 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      Looks like oil can harry is still bitter about the election.

      May 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gilamonster

    Agreed Mr. President. Just don't tell me next week there was a "clerical error" in your assessment.

    May 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hamsta

    Time to send curious george back to kenya, he is doing exactly what Bush said he would EMBOLDENING THE ENEMY, but that could be because in curious george's mind the enemy is the Tea Party.

    May 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ken Margo

    Man you're really paranoid.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    She has to testify unless she has something to hide.

    May 23, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ken T

    Ken. When the government targets specific political groups one should be paranoid. This is not a big deal bit a monster deal. This is serious stuff people regardless of which party you belong to. Now just imagine the Bush admin targeting Planned Parenthood. Same difference Get the picture now?

    May 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Starting unwinnable , strategically flawed causeless wars cannot be termed 'used to winning wars'. Those responsible for initiating these disasters are also responsible for the unending cycle of violence and increasing hostility towards us.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken T

      IKR! We should have them get away with the WTC disaster. What were we thinking? I mean look at all the money it would have saved. That damn Bush shoulda left those poor people alone. They love America and take our safety into first account

      May 23, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      The problem is that people that start wars need to be competent.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    We are into the 12th year of the Afghan misadventure with no end in sight or an exit strategy. We are also witnessing the legacy of Iraq invasion.
    Time to face reality and reassess strategies.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      The afghan war is slowly winding down. We will be out in 2014.

      May 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ken Margo

    @Ken T............Based on what I've read. This isn't a Govt. "issue" This is an IRS issue involving interpretation of the law. Obama had nothing to do with it. (to your dismay) Think about this. Tea baggers and republicans talk about shrinking the govt getting rid of depts. (IRS) If someone want to get rid of you, wouldn't you give them more attention than others?

    May 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    The longer we postpone the more difficult it would get to extricate ourselves from the mess created by policies that landed us there in the first place.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    So no trial or anything? They can just SAY an american citizen was a terrorist, drone him and call it good??? What a load of crap!

    May 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken Margo

      Sorry chrissy war is messy. You plan against the US, you better sleep with one eye open. If "The American" had pulled off a terrorist plot, people like you would be calling Obama a Muslim lover and said he allowed the terrorist to attack us.

      May 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • EyeHawkB223

      I declare every American a potential threat. Here come the drones! I'm sending them your way now! Look out!

      May 24, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • EyeHawkB223

      Just kidding! I'm actually sending huge waves of drones to Mars, where they will protect us against Martian terrorists.

      May 24, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ken T

    Sir your argument is biased in nature. To not simply admit that the IRS targeted a political group or another group that aquired the same tax exempt status is rediculous. Ahem PP The IRS funds the USA. To say they are not run by the govt is an irresponsible statement

    May 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      Ken T your whole right wing idiology is based on being biased ,untruthfull, fear and hate spreading. You and your fellow conseritivies have hated this president from Nov, 2008. And will attempt to do anything legal and illegal to undermine Pres Obama. Yet he keeps turning that cheek and try working with the racist backstabbing garbage called GOP congress.

      May 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @s kel,hit the nail bud right on!!!But the sanctumonious ones being the republicans don't like their nose being rubbed in their crap as well in being racist,bigotted for our first africanamerican president in Pres.Obama..Remember also its the warmongers in McCain with his latest of trip to Syria to not only help the rebels but make a deal for his MIC suitors as well with his collegues pushing Capital Hill for Americas intervention in Syria and s kel do we need another Vietnam,I don't think so ,I know you don't as well!!

      May 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken Margo

    @Ken T...................You have the nerve to call someone biased. At the end of the day this "IRS scandal" comes down to two words exclusive or primary. The law says exclusive. The IRS on it's own and not legally changed it to primary. Which has led to all the confusion. That is why this is not a govt. (Obama) scandal. Obama will not be involved and you republicans will have to find out something else to cry about.

    May 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Hardly@Ken Margo
    current forecasts put us there till 2024.
    Oh! sure we did the right thing, invaded Iraq & didn't let 'them'(who?) get away with WTC disaster. And at what cost & consequences?

    May 24, 2013 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
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