President Obama on U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

On December 6, President Barack Obama delivered his final major speech dedicated to his national security record in which he summarized what we have accomplished at home and abroad over the last eight years.  President Obama also highlighted how we have approached the threat of terrorism and how he believes the nation can pursue a successful and sustainable counterterrorism policy in the years to come.

From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the emergence of ISIL, to the importance of diplomacy and global development, President Obama outlined actions he took as Commander-in-Chief and the lessons that can be drawn from this approach.

Reflecting on the efforts and initiatives of the last eight years, President Obama remarked:

“I came to this office with a set of core convictions that have guided me as Commander-in-Chief.  I believe that the United States military can achieve any mission; that we are, and must remain, the strongest fighting force the world has ever known.  I believe that we must never hesitate to act when necessary, including unilaterally when necessary, against any imminent threats to our people.  But I have also insisted that it is unwise and unsustainable to ask our military to build nations on the other side of the world, or resolve their internal conflicts, particularly in places where our forces become a magnet for terrorists and insurgencies.  Instead, it has been my conviction that even as we focus relentlessly on dismantling terrorist networks like al Qaeda and ISIL, we should ask allies to do their share in the fight, and we should strengthen local partners who can provide lasting security.”

For more from the President Obama’s comprehensive counterterrorism overview, watch a video of his speech below:

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Raymond B.
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United States
December 15, 2016
The hypocrisy here is truly staggering. From the Obama administration's stubborn efforts to block any scrutiny of the Saudis, to the howls of indignation over the successful Russian efforts against the al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, this administration seems determined to defend terrorists, not fight them.
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Washington, USA
January 6, 2017
Defined about terrorism and counterroridy and counterviolence more concrete more accurate.Stress both mean that learn from previous practice lesson and as possible as completement deputy in global with put keeping U.S.domestic security upon tight place.
President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, December 6, 2016, about the administration's approach to counterterrorism. [AP Photo]
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