Obama Calls For End To “Perpetual War On Terror”

perpetual war on terror

A welcome development? Via Yahoo! News, the president announces new guidelines which will reduce the use of drone strikes and once again pushes for the closure of Guantanamo Bay:

Twelve years after the “war on terror” began, President Barack Obama wants to pull the United States back from some of the most controversial aspects of its global fight against Islamist militants.

In a major policy speech on Thursday, Obama narrowed the scope of the targeted-killing drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies and took steps toward closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.

He acknowledged the past use of “torture” in U.S. interrogations; expressed remorse over civilian casualties from drone strikes; and said that the Guantanamo detention facility “has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law.”

New U.S. drone rules are likely to reduce “signature” drone strikes, which target suspicious-looking groups. Those attacks are blamed for many civilian casualties in Pakistan’s tribal areas near Afghanistan and in Yemen. The number of drone strikes has dropped in the past year after peaking in the middle of Obama’s first term.

While Obama largely has a free hand as commander in chief to set U.S. drone policy, Congress has used its power of the purse to block him from closing Guantanamo. “There is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that should never have been opened,” Obama said.

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  • Juan

    Rolling my eyes and making the wank, wank gesture.
    Fuck this sock puppet.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    Such backbone!

  • Raz

    And thinking that one day i used to believe in this guy…. silly me.

  • bobbiethejean

    Calling for an end? Yeah because ya know, it’s not like he has any actual power to do something about it. *Cough*

    • Monkey See Monkey Do

      “the words of this woman are worth paying attention to”

  • HCE

    And if he were sincere?
    Stay out of motorcades.

  • Aipeed Teaitchse

    Doublethink: To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink

  • Andrei Serde

    So noble, so ethical.

    He should get a Peace Prize for such speeches !

    Oh wait…

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    I always feel proud when out leaders mouth words that appeal to our sentiments.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Via Yahoo! News

    nuf said

  • InfvoCuernos

    Action speaks louder than words. He’s had one whole term to do these things and has had the power to make those changes all along. I am not sure I would believe it even if I saw it at this point.

  • Apathesis

    Damn, he is lookin’ old in that photo.

    • Anarchy Pony

      I think being a president probably ages you 20 years. Unless you’re Jimmy Carter, in which case you apparently become immortal.

      • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

        actually he aged a lot in office its just that he doesn’t appear to have aged much since!

        • InfvoCuernos

          That’s because Jimmy stays active with the whole “habitats for humanity” thing. Those other assholes sat around like bumps on logs.

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            yeah, he is one former prez I respect. I really feel like he tried to do good. I remember him in office and it drained the hell out of him. Then I noticed Reagan seemed to barely age at all. Reagan aged less in 8 years than Carter in 4.

          • InfvoCuernos

            We don’t usually get a president that actually gives a shit so I always wonder how he got elected, and then I remember he was running against Ford. Ford was the original First Sock puppet years before W. made it fashionable.

          • Ted Heistman

            Yeah I think Nixon was actually a fairly in charge type of dude, it may have been party self delusion and narcissism though. FDR was a strong president. There really haven’t been many lately. Democrats and Republicans all think they are voting in a dictator for their side but it doesn’t work that way.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I can’t help but wonder if he’s gonna say one thing and do another. Like say, a hypocrite, for example.

  • http://www.facebook.com/D.Hotkiss Douglas Hotchkiss

    thought they just allocated millions to renovate gitmo? drones will be everywhere in no time , maybe they’ll be invisible so nobody will really know..shit- it’ll look like a bug or a bird..flying darpa monkeys tearing people apart..the military has it’s aims, and who is president doesnt make a dent.

  • Ittabena

    Note to Prez: You won the re-election. Mitt threw it for you. The campaign is over!

  • FREEMANontheland

    Its just like the Loch Ness monster,You always hear about it,But never see it.USA has become Land of the Fee,Home of the Slave..