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. banasy©


    May 24, 2013 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom wrangler

      Love the one liner MIA. Simple and to the point

      May 24, 2013 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The "inordinate amount of media coverage" about which prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case now complain was promoted by activists demanding attention for Mr. Martin.

    May 24, 2013 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom wrangler

      Where is the media coverage on obamas sweetheart? Good question JIF

      May 24, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    The worst that humanity has to offer (Gosnell) and the lord still offers us the unknown happiness of ever lasting life.
    The difference between Obama and Gosnell ? Not much... not much at all

    May 24, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Hay ho ... how ya doing @ banasy ? 😉

    May 24, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    How can it be that any of the regulars still find Cnn worth their time in commenting on their blogs?

    May 24, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    How is Benni banasy @ Tom wrangler lol

    May 24, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

    After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering. He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

    And there sat our Rosie all the way in the back shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

    Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three most handsome men in the building and said, "I'll take him and him and him!"

    May 24, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      🙂 lol. With that @ Katman, I will admit ... Yes I have my eye on hamsta and want him in the worst wayyyyy lmao
      Just thought I'd liven it up a little in here...

      May 24, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      🙂 lol. @ Katman

      May 24, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Rosie has a great choice, lol!! Happy Memorial Day Weekend all and thank a vet. Bobcat, I'm thanking you.

      May 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Thank you dazzle. And I want to extend those wishes as well to the first responders as their service is just as valuable as our armed forces. s kel your name is first and foremost. Thank you.

      May 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    “You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.”

    May 24, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    According to an experiment conducted in Great Britain, the following was deemed to be the funniest joke in the world. What do you think ?

    Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services.

    He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"

    May 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Now, allow me to submit the following in answer to their decision. Personally, this is "my" all time favorite :

      There is a factory in Eastern Wisconsinwhich that the Tickle Me Elmo toys. In case you didn't know, the toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms. Well, Lena is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 AM.

      The next day at 8:45 AM there is a knock at the Personnel Manager's door. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new employee. He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

      The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the two men march down to the factory floor. When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo's all over the factory floor and they're really beginning to pile up. At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo's.

      She has a roll of plush red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles. The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo's legs.

      The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter. After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena. "I'm sorry," he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, "but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday..."

      "Your job was to give Elmo two test tickles."

      May 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Although I agree that one is pretty funny, I still think the funnier one pertains to Elmo, which for some reason CNN will not allow me to post this time. They must be filling their ranks with Puritans or something.

      May 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Thanks@bobcat. good ones
    Good morning all.

    May 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    can't resist the temptation to comment on issues that matter even on this insipid and controlled blog.

    May 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      No worries, I enjoy your comments 🙂

      May 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    hey guys what is this about Czech Republic seeking extradition of an American in the "brutal killing" of a family of four?
    This bit of news never surfaced here.

    May 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Indeed we are at 'Crossroads' of history. This nation of ours misled, lied to and pushed in every which way by self serving politicos , lawmakers, lobbies, special interest and hidden agenda, needs to take a pause and determine our destiny.

    May 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    I'm all eyes @ saywhat Miss you

    May 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    'A republic if you can keep it" Ben Franklin.

    May 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
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