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    Default Obama's big counterterrorism speech, May 23 2013

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    President Obama is due to deliver a major speech designed to fulfill a promise in his State of the Union address in January to make elements of his controversial counterterrorism policies more transparent and accountable to Congress and the American public.

    Obama is also under pressure to explain how he intends to make even modest progress on other priorities that were centerpieces of a pledge he made at the beginning of his first term. At the top of that list is closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, where 103 of the 166 detainees still in custody are on a hunger strike.
    U.S. acknowledges killing of four U.S. citizens in counterterrorism operations - The Washington Post

    Drones and Gitmo are the big topics. Word is he'll announce Congressional oversight on drones, and he'll announce steps for repatriating Gitmo inmates.

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    Obama is good at giving speeches, very good, I'll grant you that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCKY View Post
    Obama is good at giving speeches, very good, I'll grant you that.
    Only with a Tellyprompter and loads of B/s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCKY View Post
    Obama is good at giving speeches, very good, I'll grant you that.

    Well, of all speeches he'll make this year, this is the one most likely to have substance behind it.

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    "It is a hard fact - US drone strikes have lead to civilian deaths...As CiC I must weigh these heartbreaking tragedies against the alternatives."

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    Quote Originally Posted by odie1kanobe View Post
    Only with a Tellyprompter and loads of B/s.

    Indeed, I wonder will Obama mention the executive order to close Gitmo four and a half years ago within one year speak about just how much he increased drone use since Bush left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCKY View Post
    Obama is good at giving speeches, very good, I'll grant you that.
    Agreed NYCKY,I'll grant you that,puts the last fellow in the shade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.R. Haldeman View Post
    Well, of all speeches he'll make this year, this is the one most likely to have substance behind it.
    I really hope so, these are two big problems that need to be addressed sooner than later.

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    Full text, over 6, 000 words : Transcript of Obama
    "Yawn , am I alive yet ?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCKY View Post
    I really hope so, these are two big problems that need to be addressed sooner than later.

    Yeah, this is heavy duty one.

    He's just revealed that every drone strike has been briefed to the relevant Congressional Committee in advance (I don't think we knew that before). Including in the one instance where 4 Americans were hit. He's just said he released the info about that action last week as an act of transparency. Now talking about further oversight proposals, perhaps even a Judicial one.

    There is loads of meat in this speech, and a lot more to come.

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