Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats
August 7th, 2013
04:46 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama reminds Marines of continued al Qaeda threats

(CNN) – Shuttered American embassies dotting the Middle East are a reminder that extremist threats still exist, despite a dismantled al Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama told a crowd of Marines Wednesday.

During his address at Camp Pendleton between Los Angeles and San Diego, Obama said those threats shouldn't cause Americans to "retreat from the world."

"As I've said before, even as we decimated the al Qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11, al Qaeda affiliates and likeminded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad. We've got to take these threats seriously, and do all we can to confront them," Obama said, calling the current security precautions a "reminder" of the dangers that still exist to Americans.

It was the second time Obama spoke publicly about the recent threats, which prompted the United States to issue a worldwide travel alert and close embassies and diplomatic posts across the Middle East and North Africa.

On the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Tuesday, Obama said the precautions were not an overreaction, stressing the importance of using caution and common sense while traveling abroad.

"The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately," Obama said.

In his speech at Camp Pendleton, the president continued his assertion that al Qaeda's core had been decimated under his watch, despite some criticism from Republicans that recent threats have undercut that claim.

"Because of you al Qaeda's top ranks have been hammered," Obama told the Marines. "The core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat."


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Me

    Interesting, every time Bush did this liberals cried about how Bush was using scare tactics, are you going to say the same about Obama?? Bet not, hypocrites!!! Liberals, the party of hypocrites!!!

    August 7, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. peppy

    but detoits alive and & Osama s dead, ooops more ineptness, from the gutless one

    August 7, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. DG

    Now he wants their help, didn't he allow their budget to be cut. LOL Oh, that's right, he just insulted them by asking them to hold his umbrella not too long ago too, didn't he?

    August 7, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    The three posts currently displayed are pathetic.

    Try harder, conservatives.

    August 7, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. edog

    Me

    Interesting, every time Bush did this liberals cried about how Bush was using scare tactics, are you going to say the same about Obama?? Bet not, hypocrites!!! Liberals, the party of hypocrites!!!
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    What you don't understand "ME" is that Bush lied about WMD's in the form of a "mushroom cloud"!!! to get us into a war with Iraq. Remember that!!! I don't believe I, as a liberal, was too upset with Bush for going into Afghanistan to get Bin Laden!! But no, the Bush admin had to fear monger the US people about WMD's so he could be a cowboy and start a war that had nothing to do with 911!!

    BIG DIFFERENCE "ME"!!!!! Listen and maybe you will learn something....

    Hypocrites are those "tea baggers" that said "Keep your government hands off my Medicare"!!!! during the 2008 and 2012 elections!!! That is what a hypocrite sounds like.... Just so you know, Medicare, is Government run!!!

    August 7, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Lionel

    Republicans and Tea Party Trolls must be spinning in their boots. Go tell the American people what an obstruction these people have been. Never elect a Republican to white house again.

    August 7, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The joke is.......he never really decimated them.

    August 7, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Watch the protestors in Arizona today - THAT is the face of our enemies.

    The Tealiban.

    August 7, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. tom l

    @The Real TP
    "Wish all due respect, I disagree. Any mention of race makes conservatives uncomfortable, even when a conservative has said nothing: perhaps they feel they lack legitimacy on the issue, I'm not sure. Sniffit is not a racist, but I have seen enough horribly racist commens out of conservative posters on here to see that its a real problem. Do I think whites are the only ones with racial issues? Nope. You can have a legit disagreement with Sniffit, but I would not call him a racist anymore than I would regard you as one."

    August 7, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. I'm NOT a liberal

    Obama said they were on the run a year ago. All one can do is chalk up another lie in the Obama column.

    August 7, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. James

    Duahhhhhhh–Don't think the Marines need to be reminded of the obvious–

    August 7, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. smith

    Where`s code pink and all the other anti-war bunch? Oh, they don`t care now. If any of you liberals had half a brain you would see the double standard here and what about giving weapons to rebels in Syria? Everybody knows they are radical sunni`s with links to AQ. What sense does that make, lets arm rebels that fight along the terrorist we`ve been fighting for more than a decade...smh.

    August 7, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Mike

    Muslims terrorists in Al Qaeda have not been able to launch an attack on the American soil since 9/11. However, Boston bombing clearly showed us that we can not trust the Muslims living among us. Perhaps the focus needs to be on restricting Muslim immigration.

    August 7, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Me

    edog

    Me

    Interesting, every time Bush did this liberals cried about how Bush was using scare tactics, are you going to say the same about Obama?? Bet not, hypocrites!!! Liberals, the party of hypocrites!!!
    ---------

    What you don't understand "ME" is that Bush lied about WMD's in the form of a "mushroom cloud"!!! to get us into a war with Iraq. Remember that!!! I don't believe I, as a liberal, was too upset with Bush for going into Afghanistan to get Bin Laden!! But no, the Bush admin had to fear monger the US people about WMD's so he could be a cowboy and start a war that had nothing to do with 911!!

    BIG DIFFERENCE "ME"!!!!! Listen and maybe you will learn something....

    Hypocrites are those "tea baggers" that said "Keep your government hands off my Medicare"!!!! during the 2008 and 2012 elections!!! That is what a hypocrite sounds like.... Just so you know, Medicare, is Government run!!!
    __________
    LMAO FACT is EVERYTIME Bush mentioned the threat that was LIBERAL'S response!!! HYPOCRITES!!!! And also I am sick of YOUR lies saying Bush lied about WMD, at the time EVERYONE thought they has WMD including MANY Liberals!!! How many Dems voted FOR the war? I will give you a hint, it was many! He did not lie, he truely though that Saddam had them! Inocent until proven guitly, prove he LIED! I will wait....forever cause you CAN'T! All you liberals are just hateful and mad cause you have ruined the economy and the American way of life for your to come!! Don't be mad at us you can only blame yourself!!!

    August 7, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    –here nothing wrong with this.

    August 7, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Howie

    Just another campaign speech.

    August 7, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Dixie

    With the reduction of our troups how is it we are suppose to protect our nation and the rest of the interests in the world? Guess they are suppose to do more with less. Wonder how that is going to work and still be safe?

    August 7, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Just a thought

    Me

    Interesting, every time Bush did this liberals cried about how Bush was using scare tactics, are you going to say the same about Obama?? Bet not, hypocrites!!! Liberals, the party of hypocrites!!!
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    Ahhhhh...wa wa wa....you've lost your little faux news issue tin foil hat huh? Give it a break! Bush specifically said "I don't know where bin laden is, not do I care" and in the same sentence say that " the turrists" (a word he couldn't even pronounce" were at threat to the homeland, Do you remember the speech "Mission Accomplished" or were you still under your rock ? Grow up a bit and get back to us.

    August 8, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  19. Just a thought

    Data Driven

    The three posts currently displayed are pathetic.

    Try harder, conservatives.

    @Data
    I'm afraid these trolls are under equipped intellectually and woefully short any facts to support their childish, borish, stale criticisms of Pres. Obama. So don't wait up to late hoping for anything better than what we're seeing now.

    August 8, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |