Obama To Limit Drone Strikes, Renew Effort To Close Guantanamo

Obama outlines a second-term policy shift to limit the scope of CIA drone strikes, while he renews a pledge to close down the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Obama on Thursday unveiled a major pivot in White House counter-terrorism policy, limiting drones strikes and concentrating instead on capturing rather than killing terrorist suspects.

Speaking at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., the president said the death of Osama bin Laden and most of his top lieutenants meant and the fact that there had been no large-scale terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland, meant that a new policy was in order.

"America is at a crossroads," he said. "We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us, mindful of James Madison's warning that 'No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.'"

"Today, the core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on a path to defeat," the president said. "Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us. They did not direct the attacks in Benghazi or Boston. They have not carried out a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11."

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