Obama: Fight Terrorism by Helping, Not Occupying, At-Risk Nations

The president says the approach of America's fight against terrorism must shift.
1:46 | 02/12/13

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Today the organization that attacked us on 9/11. Is -- -- that of his former self. It's true different al-Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged. From the -- Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is a ball. But to meet this threat we don't need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad. Occupy other nations. Instead will need to help countries like Yemen Libya Somalia. Provide for their own security. And help allies -- take the fight to terrorists as we -- -- And where necessary. -- range of capabilities. We will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the greatest threat to Americans. As we do. We must enlist our values in the fight. That's why my administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework. To guide our counterterrorism methods. Throughout. We have kept congress fully informed of our us. Not recognize that in our democracy and no one should just take my word -- the we're doing things the right -- So in the months ahead I will continue to engage congress to ensure not only. There are targeting detention and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances. But that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.

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