Did Obama Just End the War?
Pundits differ on how seriously we should take yesterday's speech
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 24, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
President Obama pauses as his speech is interrupted by a heckler at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama delivered a landmark speech on the war on terror yesterday, but people are divided on just how impressed we ought to be. The New York Times is singing the speech's praises. "As frustratingly late as it was—much of what Mr. Obama said should have been said years ago—there is no underestimating the importance" of Obama's declaration that the war actually needs to end, the Times editors write. They're buying that this time Obama is truly committed to closing Guantanamo, protecting civil liberties, and getting America off its war footing at last.

But the editors at Bloomberg were "deeply unsatisfied" by the pronouncements. "All in all, this is progress," they write. "Yet nobody should consider this a redefining moment in the war against terrorism." If anything, the speech reminded us that Obama is still using Congress' post-Sept. 11 authorization for the use of force against al-Qaeda to justify any military action he pleases. "That authorization made sense when it came to invading Afghanistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden," but "it is a laughable predicate for launching missiles at al-Shabaab militants in Somalia today." What Obama announced last night were Band-aids that "leave us a long way from answering the question of whether we are, in fact, still at war." Click for the full Times piece, or Bloomberg.

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clmsman
May 28, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
I hear he also feed the whoe house and senate with one fish and two loaves of bread. Does anyone believe anything this POS says? The Liar in Chief and he really good at it to. Can stare straight faced in the camera and lie like he really believes what BS he is peddling.
KDickley
May 26, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
What I want to know, is the Dumocrats' and IRS' war on Fox News over? When will the Liar in Chief announce that?
Rational.-Anarchist
May 25, 2013 8:48 PM CDT
How convenient now that his back is against the wall from everything else!