Video | President Obama Speaks on Counterterrorism Policies- Updated

SITUATION ROOM-obama-natl-security-team-boston-bombings-april-19-2013In this official White House photo, President Barack Obama is shown discussing developments in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation with members of his national security team in the Situation Room of the White House.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama speaks on counterterrorism polices today at 2 p.m. EDT/1p.m.

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75 Responses to Video | President Obama Speaks on Counterterrorism Policies- Updated

  1. Only 3 white people died compared to the millions of people whites have killed,stop ur crying damn wimps,no body care or have any sympathy for yall,so stop being fukn cry baby n move on,all yall do is complain,u reap what u sow,whites dont have any sympathy or compassion for anybody else,so who cares,they shouldn’t have went to the marathon,what the up roar abt,he hasn’t been convicted of any crime,just white society speculations as usual.

  2. Now they they crying about the Boston bomber on the front page of rolling stone magazine,so what he dont a right to put be on the cover,he didnt do anything wrong,ur white racist court system haven’t found him guilty of anything yet,u claim he killed some white people in the bombing, where is the proof,i think these white racist planted that bomb there,i think he is INNOCENT.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Anytime Emoprogs whine that Pres. Obama didn’t close Gitmo, remember their hero Bernie Sanders voted against closure. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00196
    3:04 PM – 23 May 2013

  4. rikyrah says:

    Jordan Ashby @JM_Ashby

    Code Pink, the same privileged hippies who wore “don’t drone me bro” t-shirts to Stand with Rand.
    1:55 PM – 23 May 2013

  5. rikyrah says:

    about the heckler at the President’s speech.

    Oliver Willis

    @owillis

    Obama: Close Gitmo.
    Code Pink: BUT close Gitmo.
    Obama: Yeah, I said close Gitmo.
    Code Pink: BUT TEH GITMO.
    Obama: Seriously?

    1:54 PM – 23 May 2013

  6. CarolMaeWY says:

    You all did a great summery of the speech. Thank you so much. Everyone picked up something I missed. Going to listen again along with the text to make notes. Do you get advance copies like media? You are such quick thinkers. I just want to say to the crazies that roar about the people killed in drone strikes, four Americans I think; start roaring about the twenty-six killed in a classroom on American soil.

  7. chainsoff says:

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  8. Ametia says:

    From today’s Counterterrorism speech:

    And that is why I intend to engage Congress about the existing Authorization to Use Military Force, or AUMF, to determine how we can continue to fight terrorists without keeping America on a perpetual war-time footing.

    The AUMF is now nearly twelve years old. The Afghan War is coming to an end. Core al Qaeda is a shell of its former self. Groups like AQAP must be dealt with, but in the years to come, not every collection of thugs that labels themselves al Qaeda will pose a credible threat to the United States. Unless we discipline our thinking and our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant Presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states.

    So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

  9. Ametia says:

    The President’s Tightrope Walk
    By Charles P. Pierce-at 4:27PM

    Much of the coverage of the president’s big speech today is going to have to do with the prolonged heckling/dialogue he had with Medea Benjamin about 50 minutes into the talk. Which will be too bad, because the hour-long address was as good an example of a president’s walking a tightrope as you ever will see. Implicit in the speech was the undeniable truth that the country and its politics and, yes, its people were complicit in the last decade of producing a reaction to the events of September 11, 2001 about which the country and its politics and, yes, its people are now in the middle of profound second thoughts. He began with a strong reminder of that fact.

    Meanwhile, we strengthened our defenses — hardening targets, tightening transportation security, and giving law enforcement new tools to prevent terror. Most of these changes were sound. Some caused inconvenience. But some, like expanded surveillance, raised difficult questions about the balance we strike between our interests in security and our values of privacy. And in some cases, I believe we compromised our basic values – by using torture to interrogate our enemies, and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law.

    Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-counterterrorism-speech-052313

  10. Ametia says:

    Obama Lays Out Plan To End The War Against Al Qaeda
    By Hayes Brown on May 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    President Obama delivered a wide ranging speech on Thursday, laying out his vision for countering terrorism in his second term, including announcements on the use of drones, the future closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the eventual end of the long war against al Qaeda.

    Most importantly, Obama announced that he intends to work closely with Congress to “refine, and ultimately repeal” the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Passed in the aftermath of 9/11, the AUMF gave the president broad authority to carry out military action against “those nations, organizations, or persons” who “planned, authorized, committed, or aided” the 2001 attack.

    “Groups like [Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula] must be dealt with, but in the years to come, not every collection of thugs that labels themselves al Qaeda will pose a credible threat to the United States,” Obama said. “Unless we discipline our thinking and our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/05/23/2055331/obama-aumf-repeal/

    PBO: We didn’t build that, but we sure as hell are going to DISMANTLE IT.

  11. Ametia says:

    Bet that coder pinker didn’t roll up on Bernie Sanders & other DEMOCRATSVOTED AGAINST CLOSING GITMO

    Don’t Blame Obama: Only 6 Democratic Senators Voted To Fund Closing GITMO

    Far left progressives constantly bash Obama for not closing GITMO, but a closer look at the facts reveals that their blame has been misplaced.

    On January 22, 2009 as one of his first official acts in office, Barack Obama signed an executive order to close GITMO within one year. On that day Obama said, “This is me following through on not just a commitment I made during the campaign, but I think an understanding that dates back to our founding fathers, that we are willing to observe core standards of conduct, not just when it’s easy, but also when it’s hard.

    In May 2009 only 6 Senate Democrats voted NO on the amendment to, “To prohibit funding to transfer, release, or incarcerate detainees detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to or within the United States.”

    Progressive heroes Chuck Schumer, Byron Dorgan, and Russ Feingold all sided with the Republican minority and voted to deny Obama the funding that he needed to close GITMO and relocate the detainees. Only six Democrats stood with the president on closing GITMO, Durbin, Harkin, Reed, Levin, Leahy, and Whitehouse. The rest of them caved to fear tactics and voted with the Republicans.

    Fast forward to December 2009, Obama signs a presidential memo ordering Attorney General Holder and Defense Sec. Gates to acquire the state prison in Thompson, IL as a replacement for GITMO.

    http://www.politicususa.com/dont-blame-obama-only-6-democratic-senators-voted-to-fund-closing-gitmo.html

    Progressives are not so PROGRESSIVE now are they?

  12. Ametia says:

    I’m sooo glad POTUS didn’t take any QUESTIONS from the jackals. We got our answers.

  13. Ametia says:

    Just watched and listened to PBO’s speech again. He gave a thorough HISTORY of how we got to where we are today, what we did to get here, and what we’e doing as a country MOVING FORWARD in regards to NATIONAL SECURITY.

    • Ametia says:

      Pure code pink fuckery right there. PBO shut that shit down with FACTS!

    • Ametia says:

      Obama Masterfully Uses Code Pink Heckler To Make His Case That GITMO Must Be Closed

      Obama was explaining that there was no justification for Congress to prevent him from closing GITMO, when a Code Pink heckler interrupted him. The president said, “Let me finish ma’am.” The heckler started ranting about the detainee hunger strike, and the president replied, “I’m about to address it ma’am, but you’ve got to let me speak. I’m about to address it ma’am. Why don’t you sit down, and I’ll tell you exactly what I am going to do.” The Code Pink heckler was incorrectly claiming that Obama is Commander in Chief so he can close GITMO. Technically, this is true, but the president needs funding from Congress in order to close the facility, and move the detainees. Congress continues to refuse to fund the closure of GITMO.

      The Code Pinker wasn’t going to swayed by anything that the president had to say, so she continued to rant. Finally, the president said, “Thank you. Thank you, ma’am. You should let me finish my sentence. Today, I once again call on Congress to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers from GITMO. The protester who has been identified as Medea Benjamin interrupted the president a third time. His patience wearing thin, the president said, “Part of free speech is you being able to speak, but also me being able to speak. And you listening.”

      Obama later said that he cut her some slack with her interruptions, and admitted that she had a point. The president also mentioned that he thought Benjamin wasn’t listening to a word he said.
      snip

      THIS: “Do you want to know why President Obama let her speak? This is going to come as a shock to the far left, but Obama agrees with her on the basic idea that GITMO must be closed. By letting the Code Pink protester ramble on, President Obama got his message about Congress needing to authorize the transfer of detainees out of GITMO on the frontpage of every website, and it will be the lead story all over cable news tonight.

      http://www.politicususa.com/obama-masterfully-code-pink-heckler-case-gitmo-closed.html

  14. Ametia says:

    Thank you, Mr. President! You just squashed all that whiney drone-shidiggety, and weak on national security fuckery.

    APPLAUSE-LTCSA-EqRJH

  15. President Obama: “Our victory against terrorism won’t be measured in a surrender ceremony on a battleship, or a statue being pulled to the ground.”

    • Ametia says:

      Bush

      Yes; we don’t get to preene before the cameras in jumpsuits, stand on a ship and say WE WON! Nobody wins in WAR, NOBODY!

      • Bush: Mission Accomplished….Oh wait… Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.

      • Ametia says:

        LOL I’ll nver forget Chris Mattherw drooling over Bush with that crouch strap, going on and on about how much “swagger” he had. SMGDH

        bush

      • Ametia says:

        Here’s a REFRESHER

        Mission Accomplished: A look back at the media’s fawning coverage of Bush’s premature declaration of victory in Iraq

        Later that day, on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Matthews said:

        MATTHEWS: We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like [former President Bill] Clinton or even like [former Democratic presidential candidates Michael] Dukakis or [Walter] Mondale, all those guys, [George] McGovern. They want a guy who’s president. Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple. We’re not like the Brits. We don’t want an indoor prime minister type, or the Danes or the Dutch or the Italians, or a [Russian Federation President Vladimir] Putin. Can you imagine Putin getting elected here? We want a guy as president.

        http://mediamatters.org/research/2006/04/27/mission-accomplished-a-look-back-at-the-medias/135513

        We don’t forget, folks, so while ya’ll where licking Bush?Cheney’s asses they took our men and women into not ONE BUT TWO WARS.

      • CarolMaeWY says:

        What a big dick he was.

  16. Ametia says:

    America is a country NOT be messed with. Yep! Ask OBL how that worked for him. Oh, that’s right he’s in the belly of a shark.

  17. Potus: “The voice of that woman is worth listening to. Obviously I don’t agree w/ much of what she said & she didn’t listen to what I said”

    *******
    KICK HER ASS OUT. I WANNA HEAR THE PRESIDENT.

  18. Ametia says:

    American VOTERS know that this is not the BUSH administration. It’s 2013 and the 21st century, and President Obama was re-elected as our POTUS. Bring on the agenda for our National security, Mr. President.

  19. Ametia says:

    That bitch needs to be ESCORTED out of the room. NOW!

  20. Ametia says:

    Who’s LARGE & IN CHARGE HERE? President Barack Hussein Obama!

    Commander-in-Chief, Leader of the FREE WORLD, POTUS!

    Our National Security is in good hands.

  21. President Obama: “I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen, so we can review them on a case by case basis.”

  22. Ametia says:

    This bears REPEATING

    President Obama “Congress is briefed on every strike. Let me repeat, Congress is briefed on every strike”

  23. Put that woman out so I can hear what my President has to say.

  24. Ametia says:

    Speak the WORD, Mr. President. The media and Congress and especially the American people need to hear the TRUTH.

  25. Who is this witch disrespecting Potus?

    • Ametia says:

      He’s gonna let her wear herself out and keep getting up.

    • CarolMaeWY says:

      Medea the Weedea. Sorry, if you really want to know I’ll go at give you her twitter account and code pinks FB page. Just can’t remember it off the top of my head. Iy takes me time to go back and once. Sorry. I’m suffering from lassitude.

  26. Ametia says:

    Sit your ass down lady, and let the POTUS speak!

  27. President Obama: “When I ran for President the first time, John McCain supported closing Gitmo, this is a bipartisan issue”

  28. Ametia says:

    Journalists or not, IF YOU BREAK THE LAW, YOU’RE PAYING THE PRICE.

    30 Gitmo detainees under bush were let go under Congress

  29. President Obama: “Journalists should not be at legal risk of doing their jobs. Our focus must be on those who break the laws.”

  30. Potus:”As Commander-in Chief, I believe we must keep information secret that protects our operations and our people in the field.”

  31. President Obama: “The use of force must be seen as part of a larger discussion we need to have about a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy.”

  32. President Obama: “Foreign assistance cannot be viewed as charity. It is fundamental to our national security.”

  33. POTUS: As President, I would have been derelict in my duty had I not authorized the strike that took out Anwar Awlaki.”

  34. President Obama: Citizens face no danger from drones on U.S. soil but if they go on foreign soil & plot with Al-Qaida, citizenship isn’t an excuse

  35. President Obama :When a US citizen goes abroad to wage war against America. His citizenship should not serve as a shield.

  36. CarolMaeWY says:

    He’ll, good afternoon everyone.

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