Obama: “Doing Nothing Is Not An Option”

WASHINGTON — In a sweeping speech about the future of counter-terrorism, President Obama outlined new rules Thursday for overseas drone strikes and revamped efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

The president also planned to discuss Afghanistan, Benghazi, and ongoing investigations of national security news leaks, while questioning the concept of a “global war on terror” that has prevailed for more than a decade. Instead, he said the effort should be targeted to specific danger spots.

Saying the fight against terrorism has changed dramatically since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,Obama called on Congress to re-evaluate its authorization of military force passed shortly after 9/11.

“With a decade of experience now to draw from, this is the moment to ask ourselves hard questions — about the nature of today’s threats, and how we should confront them,” Obama said during his speech at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.


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