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. saywhat

    @chrissy.
    good morning. Agree absolutely on what you say about the Congress. They have failed the people, a self serving agenda catering to special interest & lobbies, partisan bickering.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The drones problem too cannot also be put aside by rhetoric. That their use has been counterproductive and legal issues are involved cannot be denied. Its not for nothing that there is international concern.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    @ken margo. Where u from son?

    May 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ken Margo

    Gulfport Missisippi sir.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Agree with what @Ken Margo said reg the IRS issue.
    Political orgs trying to wriggle thru the tax net & the IRS?

    May 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rupert

    @saywhat. Where u from boy!

    May 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Im from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma sir.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rupert

    @saywhat. Why did u join the marines?

    May 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    To serve my country sir!

    May 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rupert

    @banasy. I do NOT like p@s sys in the military. Give me 500 push ups, now!

    May 25, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Yes sir. Im sorry sir.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Not me at 12:17 &12:27.
    Enjoy your games troll.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Oh rupert, can the garbage already would ya. Its offensive.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Dearest saywhat, rupert IS the troll.

    May 25, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Thanks@banasy. let him have his fun. You enjoy your weekend. Take care

    May 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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