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On the hill Mike thank you in a political cycle dominated by scandal -- Obama tried to change the conversation today.
To an issue only slightly less divisive.
The president lifted the veil -- only a bit on some of the secrecy surrounding the use of drones and he once again revive the effort to shut down Guantanamo Bay.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reports the president had a little unexpected help.
If President Obama thought he'd finally get a break from some of those other controversies by turning to terrorism today.
Yeah OK yeah.
That was quickly dashed by -- heckling protestor on the code pink.
For the prisoners on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.
You should let me finish my sentence the president pushed through with his broader message.
He wants to dramatically scale back the war on terror starting with delivering on -- -- promised to close the US military prison at Guantanamo.
I'm lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them.
On a case by case basis more than half of the 86 detainees.
Cleared to go back to their home countries or from Yemen though Republicans -- they've been waiting over four years for a strategy on the issue of Guantanamo Bay.
We pledged to work with the president but this time we hope that there is a coherent plan for addressing.
That issue the president spoke of a bigger focus on a homegrown terror like the bombings in Boston.
Even mention the terror attacks had been Ghazi.
To assert again al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat they did not directly attacks in -- -- or Boston.
They have not carried out a successful attack on our homeland since nine -- -- Mr.
Obama also offered an unprecedented level of there must be near certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.
The highest standard we -- -- the Republican chairman of the house armed services committee but -- -- in declared in a statement quote.
This speech was only necessary due to a deeply inconsistent counterterrorism policy one that maintained it is more humane to killer terrorist with a drone.
Did detain and interrogate him at Guantanamo Bay in Syria the president declared the global war on terror started by then President Bush is now over.
Because he believes a threat can be managed and beyond Afghanistan.
We must define our effort not as a boundless global war on terror.
But rather as a series of persistent targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America.
Now the president added -- constantly being on a war footing ends up becoming self defeating Senator McCain fired back -- things that defies logic.
Because al-Qaeda is reconstituting itself.
All around the mideast Brett and had a lot of -- north lawn Ed thank you.
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