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President Obama is ready to push the reset button on fighting -- in a major speech on national security.
He declared America has reached a crossroads and the war against terrorism.
Like all wars must end the president also defended the use of drones for targeting.
Killing and while calling for new restrictions on their use unmanned drones have eliminated much about qaeda's top leadership.
As well as for Americans who were killed overseas by drones the president says it's time to change our approach claiming al-Qaeda is less of a threat.
And we're safer now than we have been in years.
So that's the current threat.
-- less capable al-Qaeda affiliates.
Threats to diplomatic facilities in businesses abroad.
This is the future of terrorists it.
We have to take these threats seriously and do all -- we can to confront them but as we shape our response.
We have to recognize that the scale of this threat closely resembles the types of attacks we faced before -- -- -- Now the president's speech drew a quick response from Republicans who accused the president of downplaying the threat of terrorism listen.
I believe we're in a war that's not winding down.
-- -- war this morphing in deaths the theme of the speech.
Was that this war is winding down.
Congress knew exactly what was going on with respect to.
The target thing noble of Malarkey.
And that's the type of transparent to death that I think is appropriate.
Open the books so to speak on the drone program I think does not make America safer place in which to live.
And senator Chambliss went on to say the president's speech will be viewed by terrorists as -- victory adding.
Rather than continuing successful counter terrorist activities we are changing course with.
No clear operational benefits and quote -- bring in Mike Baker he is a former CIA Covert operations.
Officer and the president of diligence LLC a global intelligence and security firm might get to see you.
Thank you and from a perspective of of global security tell me this what message do you think the president.
It is sending to friends and foes alike around the world.
Well I think he's putting on a message that they White House that has a rather simplistic view of of the enemy that we face and it's it's curious it's it to me it's it's an odd time -- to roll out the let's revisit -- I've Guantanamo and the drone.
It's almost as if you know that the current issues related to big guys the they are -- But I think it's the -- him that did they kind of give a speech and say.
Look the threats we face are.
Threats to our diplomatic facilities in our business -- overseas.
And from homegrown extremists well you know thank you for that this statement of the obvious.
But what he's not saying is that what the threat -- from radical Islam.
It's not just -- in an organization called al-Qaeda.
And radical Islam is actually doing quite well right now if you look at Syria and the fact that al-Qaeda in Iraq and now you -- in Syria have.
Join together and causing a significant opportunity to destabilize Iraq much less area if you look at the problems and Tunisia Egypt Libya.
If you look at the situation and Molly and Yemen Afghanistan.
You know the violence increasing as -- -- -- -- walk out the door.
And to say that somehow you know our power threats are are are narrowing and things are getting better it's an odd.
Thing to say.
Maybe you should consider this just for the sake of conversation that the president or not not not a not a not acknowledging what those serves as they do point out that's a grand scale.
But perhaps the president is speaking in terms of the -- being a little bit less lessened some as it was before 9/11.
As he -- yesterday in his speech maybe he's talking about those so called lone wolves those radical folks like -- two and crazy people.
In London who killed that poor British soldier and they were spouting -- views -- you know how the British.
Army was over there in Afghanistan and Pakistan in their killing women.
And children so that's what why I wanted to talk to Mike specifically I mean is that what the president saying that it is.
Not to -- do -- over but it is indeed a different war.
Where is not just on the battlefield with folks like those guys are bringing it to the streets where we lived in neighborhoods.
Well I don't I don't know that was his point and I think he's trying to minimize you know the the potential threat from al-Qaeda.
You know that that the threat that we face whether it's it's and I have Brothers in in the Boston attack.
Whether as you point out it's just this this attack this week in and in London by these these two individuals.
The shooting of Jewish school on France whatever it may be overseas.
Yes that is that is the way that that the radical Islam now views the fight in a sense.
You know it's not as if they're sitting in a cave somewhere plotting how to get terrorists into our country they've identified and have for years now that the holy Grail is to.
Radicalize -- reach out to directly or directly people already in the infidel countries but I I guess might my point being is it.
It's just it's a strange time.
Two bring out the drone program quite frankly he's absolutely right the drone program is extremely effective.
And it is very important to the war on terror.
I guess I'm I'm wondering if it's not broke why try to fix it at this stage and with gitmo would want on the -- Guantanamo if it's so dear to him.
As far as closing it goes well then fine used the political capital you've been president for years now.
Use your political capital and and get it done as long as you have a plan for I don't think anybody's arguing that -- if you've got to a strategy let's get it done.
Well Mike Baker thank you so much for coming on and sort of addressing Pope Korean.
Perspectives on that particular drone program as well as gitmo -- thank you very much might -- -- thank you.
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