On Tuesday, President Obama gave his last national security speech as commander and chief. He made it pretty obvious as to who he was speaking to and that his desired course of action for America is the exact opposite of Donald Trumps.
President Obama touched on waterboarding, ‘civil liberties’, Muslims, terrorists, ‘minimal’ terrorist threats, and protests. All subjects that Donald Trump has been very vocal on. See below…
* On torture: “We prohibited torture, everywhere, at all times – and that includes tactics like waterboarding. And at no time has anybody who has worked with me told me that doing so has cost us good intelligence. (Applause.) When we do capture terrorists, despite all the political rhetoric about the need to strip terrorists of their rights, our interrogation teams have obtained valuable information from terrorists without resorting to torture, without operating outside the law.”
* On civil liberties: “[W]e have to uphold the civil liberties that define us. Terrorists want us to turn on one another…. The United States of America is not a country that imposes religious tests as a price for freedom.”
* On Muslims: “We are fighting terrorists who claim to fight on behalf of Islam. But they do not speak for over a billion Muslims around the world, and they do not speak for American Muslims, including many who wear the uniform of the United States of America’s military. If we stigmatize good, patriotic Muslims, that just feeds the terrorists’ narrative. It fuels the same false grievances that they use to motivate people to kill. If we act like this is a war between the United States and Islam, we’re not just going to lose more Americans to terrorist attacks, but we’ll also lose sight of the very principles we claim to defend.”
* On American principles: “[O]ver these last eight years, we have demonstrated that staying true to our traditions as a nation of laws advances our security as well as our values…. We can get these terrorists and stay true to who we are.”
* On the terrorist threat: “Today’s terrorists can kill innocent people, but they don’t pose an existential threat to our nation, and we must not make the mistake of elevating them as if they do. That does their job for them. It makes them more important and helps them with recruitment.”
* On dissent: “We’re a nation that believes freedom can never be taken for granted and that each of us has a responsibility to sustain it. The universal right to speak your mind and to protest against authority, to live in a society that’s open and free, that can criticize a president without retribution.”