President Obama Discusses U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy

Posted by Megan Slack
May 23, 2013
President Obama Talks About National Security at Fort McNair on May 23, 2013

Today at National Defense University, President Obama laid out the framework for U.S. counterterrorism strategy as we wind down the war in Afghanistan.

President Obama discussed how the threat of terrorism has changed substantially since September 11, 2011, and explained his comprehensive strategy to meet these threats.

Read his full remarks here or read a fact sheet about the President's speech here.

About the Author: Megan Slack is the Deputy Director of Digital Content in the Office of Digital Strategy at the White House.

Editor's Note: This entry originally appeared on the White House Blog.

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Eric J.
United States
May 29, 2013

29 May 2013
The second-in-command of the Pakistani Taliban leader has been killed in a suspected US drone strike, a senior Taliban source told the BBC.

BBC article includes the following;

[ A Pakistani foreign ministry official condemned the strike as a breach of sovereignty. "Any drone strike is against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan," the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters news agency.]

The article lists the deceased as ..[ Waliur Rehman, the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban.] and goes on to say;

[ The US government had placed a $5m (£3.3m) bounty on his head, accusing him of involvement in attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan. These included the 2009 bombing of a US base in which seven CIA agents were killed. ]

and that;

[On at least two occasions, Waliur Rehman is reported to have been killed in previous drone strikes.]

Why on Earth the Pak. foreign ministry would complain about the US "violating their soveregnity" when they've lost over 30,000 troops to the Taliban who are not just violating their soveregnity, but pose an existential theat to the people of Pakistan, when we just did them one hell of a favor at our own expense to bring to justice a S.O.B. responsible for killing Americans as well as Pakistanis?

It is attitudes expressed, like this bit of illogical primadonna-esque blathering and whining from clueless un-diplomatic, do-nothing minions of idiocy sitting on their gaping hole in the carpet of their rhetoric, that empower the taliban and divide allies against terrorism, pure and simple.

I hope the Dept of State will register my complaint with the government of Pakistan..quote me verbatim, and ask them directly..."Do you want to lose this fight, or what?"

And if the answer is "no", tell them "Attitude is everything, can't get anything done right without a good one, so make the proper adjustment in your's."




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