Obama speech to focus on drones, Gitmo
May 23rd, 2013
12:30 AM ET

Obama speech to focus on drones, Gitmo

By Jamie Crawford, CNN National Security Producer

From the targeted killing of Americans overseas to the future of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama will lay out the framework and legal rationale for his administration's counterterrorism policy in a widely anticipated speech on Thursday.

Administration officials tell CNN that Obama will use the National Defense University speech to continue to call on engagement with Congress on aspects of national security, more transparency in the use of drones, and a review of threats facing the United States.

He will make the case that the al Qaeda terror network has been weakened, but that new dangers have emerged even as the U.S. winds down operations in Afghanistan after more than a decade of war triggered by the 9/11 attacks.

Threats that have emerged come from al Qaeda affiliates, localized extremist groups, and homegrown terrorists.

The address will also build on remarks Obama made in his annual State of the Union address earlier this year when he said his administration works "tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism efforts."

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  1. Portland tony

    I get so sick and tired of all these mean spirited people blogging in here in order to praise Obama and those monstrous drones of his. Enough is enough!

    May 27, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Portland tony,hey would you rather a Curtis LeMay of Eisenhower era go in carpet bombing ever square inch till again Afghanistan returns to the Stone Age..Quit showing your ignorence and just go away!!Drones meathead were started by Bushs anti terrorists policies back in 2001 with attacks on Osama BinLaden and Al Qaeda,again I have to shove facts in ignorents faces!!

      May 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  2. helenecha

    When it comes to drones, they have been highlighted as a target and seen by the whole world under Obama Administration counterterrorism policy. Unless the drones’ targets are not the terrorists, otherwise, the terrorists stand a chance of disappearing from being targeted by the drones.

    May 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  3. helenecha

    What we know is that Obama Administration would have had a hard time dealing with the event such as Benghazi attack. What we don’t know is that what kind of compromise this Administration will have to make without the support of its own ground troops.

    May 25, 2013 at 1:07 am | Reply
  4. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    May 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Good post, john smith. Thank you.

      May 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Tom,you're new here he does this on every site ,never misses with his rants,exactly the same word by word every day so don't push him he's robotic!!

        May 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
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  12. Tdhukm Jdghjb

    How's about a drone that delivers smart phones. The drone then could do an edited report from the uploaded collection.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  13. Tdhukm Jdghjb

    When are we going to have the torpedo race...Grahm? Now there is a bet.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  14. Tdhukm Jdghjb

    What is a drone? Why can't CNN have a drone?

    May 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  15. wjmccartan

    First of all for those who don't know, we can't change our snowflakes. That little thing that shows up beside our name. So the guy you refer to as John, Travis, General Patton, Tom, and he even uses my name as well. The best thing to do is just ignore any comment he throws out, its almost always anti-American, and drivel. The guy is an idiot. Not one person here has mentioned the one thing that was said during that speech that is true above all others. Muslims terrorists kill more muslims than any other group of people. The drones that you especially General Patton, Portland Tony, Travis, John Gershon, Tom, drone on about, have admittedly taken lives that shouldn't have been lost, although they have also hit their targets with great proficiency, and without the drones that would have meant boots on the ground or indiscriminant bombing which would have cost many more lives. Still the numbers don't come close to matching those that have been by committed Muslims against each other.

    Yes your still an idiot General Patton or better known as dickwad as I like to call him.


    May 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Friendship

      You do not use force to suppress extremism especially that you consider to be from the Muslims. The real surgery is total eradication and not containment. This requires the West and their authorities to have the appropriate knowledge on the meaning of Islam. Muslims do not listen to one another and never learn. You have to teach them and put them on the course as Muhammad did. Unless you do that there will never be an end to this instability and fear.

      May 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      Please wjm or should I say Phunny boy, do drop that nasty Tea Party lingo and tell whoever to quit tearing down Gen. George Patton's name by trolling his posts here. I don't know who's doing it but I wish they'd stop it! The man has many good ideas that deserve to be read!

      May 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        Your one of those special idiots, I imagine you've been riding the short bus for many years. Dickwad

        May 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • Pete

        @wjmccartan,quit being so insensitive ,he's new here and he thinks John smith is awesome,boy has he got some learning to do!!

        May 25, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
      • USMC1371

        Look at the little pattern next to the name. This troll goes by four or five different names.

        May 27, 2013 at 1:44 am |
      • Pete

        @usmc1371,and how yah doing on this fine Memorial day..Yah these trolls just don't when to stop do they!!Just mention it on the ccn page under comments and put your email and name and this trollin crap will end,it did for me with a troll months ago..Take care,don't eat too much!!

        May 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  16. jimcolyer

    Impeach the freak!

    May 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      There is no impeachment process for Ayman Al Zawahiri. There is only Hellfire missiles and Predators/Reapers.

      May 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  17. Gdfgkh Jsfgdghj

    Mark it on your calander military spending doubles every admin. I am not satisfied yet are you?

    May 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  18. Gdfgkh Jsfgdghj

    When are the drones going to deliver backpacks full of cash to extremists?

    May 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  19. Gdfgkh Jsfgdghj

    Yale is kind of on a downward path.

    May 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  20. Portland tony

    After reading all these sicko comments here, praising those murderous drones and Barack Obama, it appears to me that Christianity in this country is becoming a thing of the past. The irony here is that however anxious Obama is to uproot Islam in the Middle East, he's inadvertently doing the same thing to Christianity here. We have to quit supporting these godless wars and restore a sense of decency among the general public!

    May 23, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Portland tony,2001 drones sent out by Bushs command to take out Osama BinLaden,Al Qaeda,check it was done well before Pres.Obama did...Ignorence abound,anyone else for facts !!

      May 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Gee, gosh and golly!!! The Teabaggers are all saying that Obama is a muslim, so how could a muslim be destroying the muslims in the middle east? Maybe he isn't a muslim. Maybe he isn't destroying the muslim religion. Maybe Al Qaida and the Taliban are destroying the muslims with their violence.

      May 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Portland tony,
      Does anyone stop you from going to church? If not, you and your family can become the core of Christianity.

      May 26, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Portland tony,
      Just think of Predators and Reapers as God's avenging angels and Hellfire missiles as God's judgment on violent terrorists. They are cool and save brave men in God's liberation army.

      May 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  21. usamericans

    "I ' m shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in here!" He doesnt know anything about Benghazi, IRS , AP, Fast and Furious, but he sure knows how many americans he has killed with drones

    May 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Those drone victims people call "Americans" are not Americans and never were Americans. They took a required pledge of allegiance to America which they had no intention of honoring. It was a false pledge that nullifies their status as American citizens. Their only allegiance is to violent jihad which targets innocent people without distinction and they say that in their claims of responsibility for violent attacks on innocent people.

      May 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  22. Friedrich

    So instead of droning terrorists where they live, Obama's great new plan is to immigrate them to America and give them social welfare handouts? I don't think that's going to turn out well.

    May 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Greg Harlan

      Wow. You aren't exactly a deep thinker, are you?

      May 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  23. John Geheran

    I'm very surprised not to see a lot more of these insane psychopaths blogging in here over those "marvelous and wonderful" drones and brag about their killing "terrorist militants". Given time, I suppose they'll show up on this post sooner or later with their most sickening bravado! By the way, Barack Obama has managed to do everything wrong since he became President so why should this be any different?

    May 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • Tom

      What's your solution, John?

      While this one occupies himself with preserving his power, which in turn means redistributing wealth from the top half that earned it to the bottom half that voted for him, ordinarily a president's most important duty is commander-in-chief, ensuring domestic tranquility and providing for the common defense. Expansionist religious ideologues are planning attacks on Americans from failed states the US cannot access. How would you stop that? Or would you ignore it, like Bill Clinton did? Or treat it as a criminal law action, "Investigate and bring them to justice" which worked so well for the USS Cole.

      May 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • John Geheran

        It worked out rather well after WW2 when we brought both the German and J aponese war criminals to justice, Tom. Why not try this on the thugs in Washington D.C. and London, too? After these goons are no better than they were!!! We also need to get rid of those free spenders at the Pentagon who never made this country on bit safer than before!

        May 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • Pete

        @JohnGeheran,remember that the MICs budget is larger than the next ten countries combined..If you want Pentagons defense spending more responsible take the republicans and the MICs lobbyists out of the equation then you'll see things cool down quickly !!

        May 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  24. Laweegee

    Drones and Gitmo. Drones used to kill American citizens w/o due process, "i'll close Gitmo my first year in office" same ole same ole. Nothing to say about IRS, DOJ or Bengahzi let's change the subject cause as Howard Dean said Benghazi is a joke.

    May 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  25. nathan

    counter American freedom. is this presidents path

    May 23, 2013 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • BigShiz

      Arguably every president since Kennedy(also every prez since him has been a freemason).

      May 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @BigShiz,just like their skull and bones club that the Bushs are included for being honorary Yaleys!!

        May 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  26. Travis

    I noticed how CNN blocked my posts here regarding Obama and his cursed drones. This action proves just how right-wing CNN has become!!!

    May 23, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • BigShiz

      I'm left and they block my posts too. If I say something derogatory or use profane language than fine. But if my posts get blocked because someone didn't like my opinion that goes against everything journalism is supposed to stand for.

      May 23, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • George Patton

        Don't feel bad, guys. I posted my opinion here about Obama and his drones and got my message blocked! Moreover, I don't ever use any that filthy Tea Party lingo like so many others do and yet, there posts are allowed to show up here!

        May 23, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • BigShiz

        CNN pretends to be center but they always lean right. Watch there coverage of the 2012 election on election night. Tells the whole story. But when the ceo of a media company attends the buildingburg meetings you know there playing for the dark side.

        May 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Pete

      @Travis,don't comment on something you know nothing about especially drones..Many a foot soldier appreciated a drone for saving their asses with either info or taking out a hidden insurgent..My son an exNavy pilot drone operator enlisted to serve his country and after strengent testing he became a drone operator,not a murderer as you rant about as ignorently as others..I'm proud he served even being against these wars started with Bushs lies myself but he came home after his time and that's that...Quit condeming when you don't know about the subject and that's to all of you or go serve yourselves because most of you voted for that imbecile in Bushs that started this mess in the first place,hit a nerve anyone ,so what truth does hurt doesn't it!!

      May 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • Travis

        Those drones, while slaughtering a great number of civilians along with the so-called "militants", don't save quite as many lives as the right-wing propagandists in Washington wish us to believe. The reason being is that there are just too many people making a mint off these godless machines while right-wing politicians build their careers on this so-called "war on terror".

        May 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
      • Jomama

        I cant believe this drone talk. So that tells me they are quite effective and they are getting to target. What are you suppose to do to an enemy. This soundoff board is starting to get redundant Pete. Same crap all the time, later days.

        May 23, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
      • Pete

        @jomama,posters here rant ignorently about Pres.Obamas drones and his agenda of killing civilians by the score ,all innocent of course just like in Vietnam when kids ran up to our soldiers begging for candy while being loaded down with grenades to take out these same soldiers,innocent kids ha!!And by the way facts be known jomama its Bush back in 2001 that went after Osama BinLaden and Al Qaeda with drones,well before this Pres.Obama brought it up just like everything else put on this presidents plate to take care of the republicans,Bushs screw ups and left!!

        May 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
      • Joe M.

        There are a lot of trolls in this forum pretending to be Americans. For the real Americans on this forum, you know who you are, don't take seriously their comments. They come from the propaganda offices of Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, North Korea and every other bastion of lying dictators. Just because they speak English, it doesn't mean they're Americans.

        "Ah so!! You surprise I speak your rangrage! I study at UCLA".

        May 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
    • George Patton-2

      yeah you have been putting posts under 100 different ids, supporting, praising, answering your own posts, so what the F do you want CNN to do?

      May 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @George Patron 2,just hope you're not refering to me bud because I've always only used this name my own and have got rid of others here who troll under mind which I do object too!!

        May 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm |
      • Phunnie boy

        Did I fool you too, Pete? I've been trolling the daylights out of George Patton-2 by spewing all that pro-Obama, right-wing nonsense under his name. I like Barack O'Bama and I'll keep on defending him and his drones no matter whose name I have to steal!!!!!!!!!

        May 25, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  27. scott

    hola hey hi

    May 23, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply

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