The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Obama wants to end ‘war on terror‘ but Congress BALKS” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-shifts-u-perpetual-war-footing-limits-drone-002532715.html).
“President Barack Obama wants to ROLL BACK some of the most controversial aspects of the U.S. “war on terror,” but efforts to alter the global fight against Islamist militants will face THE USUAL hurdle at home: STAUNCH OPPOSITION from Republicans in Congress”. The word “Republicans” is synonymous with “staunch opposition” especially in THE HOUSE with all those TEA PARTY members.
“In a major policy speech on Thursday (May 23, 2013), Obama narrowed the scope of the targeted-killing drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies and announced steps toward closing the Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) 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 Guantanamo “has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts (to show disdain, scorn or contempt for) the rule of law“. This is precisely why the United States is LOATHED in the Middle East. “show disdain, scorn or contempt” suggests that the US IS BETTER THAN other countries and exhibiting/displaying SUPERIOR behavior will make others DEFENSIVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“In an address to constituents on Friday (May 24, 2013)”, Chambliss said: “We have 166 prisoners remaining (at Guantanamo) … the MEANEST, NASTIEST people in the world. They wake up every day seeking to DO HARM TO America and Americans. And IF they are released, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO“.
“Obama CALLED FOR AN END TO a “BOUNDLESS global war on terror” but Republicans WARNED AGAINST being too quick to declare al Qaeda a spent force” obviously/AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“After Obama’s speech”, Sen. John McCain SCOFFED:: “To somehow argue that al Qaeda is quote ‘on the run‘ comes from a degree of UNREALITY that to me is really incredible. (Instead), Al Qaeda is EXPANDING all over the Middle East from Mali to Yemen and all the places in between“. McCain is certainly FEISTY and COMBATIVE when it comes to national security issues.
Finally, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry released the following statement: “On the use of drone strikes, the government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, entail LOSS OF INNOCENT CIVILIAN LIVES, have HUMAN RIGHTS and HUMANITARIAN implications and violate the principles of NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY and (most importantly) INTERNATIONAL LAW“. Drone strikes are a key reason why the United States is so massively UNPOPULAR in Arab and other Middle Eastern countries..
To conclude, “Obama wants to end ‘war on terror’, but Congress balks” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). This is yet another example of Congress and The President NOT being on the same wavelength. More specifically, Republicans still think they have the edge on NATIONAL SECURITY.