Wednesday 07-12-2016 | 8:19:55
Twilight News / US President Barack Obama defended on from the approach taken in the fight against terrorism in his last speech on global terrorism before the end of his presidential term, called to build alliances in order to further successes on the battlefield and reject the use of torture at the same time.
Obama highlighted the broad outlines of his policy during his term as US president and commander in chief of the armed forces for eight years. Obama did not mention the president-elect Donald Trump by name, but the letter seems to have been directed to his successor, who has yet to reveal his strategy in the fight against terrorism.
Obama said: "Instead of submitting false promises that we can eliminate terrorism by dropping more bombs or to publish more and more troops or retreat on ourselves in isolation from the rest of the world, we must adopt the perspective of long-term consequences of the terrorist threat , we must follow the smart strategy can withstand. "
Obama was clearly moved away from his predecessor, former President George W. Bush's strategy, which turned out to withdraw most American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and reduction of 180 thousand troops to about 15 thousand currently, including military advisers in Syria.
He said: "Instead of dumping all the burden on the King of US ground forces, and instead of trying to implement the invasions on the places where the terrorists have shown, it has established a network of partners."
The US president praised his strategy in the fight against organized what is known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which focused mainly on launching massive air raids.
He said: "(so-called) Organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant lost control of the big population centers, decreased morale and dried up sources of recruitment has, being the elimination of its leaders are plotting to him abroad, turning the local population against them."
But Obama stressed that the war on terrorism should not be at the expense of civil rights and traditions of American democracy.
He said: "We have to be prudent in order not to see that the promotion of our values and our commitment to the rule of law is not a weakness, (but) it is our greatest long-term strength."
The president-elect Trump, who has pledged a comprehensive change in Obama's strategy, including the foreign and security policy, will assume his duties officially after more than six weeks shortly.
Trump did not announce its candidate for the post of foreign minister, did not elaborate on its strategy and plans for the defeat of the organization of the Islamic state, but he stressed in his campaign that the United States should adopt policies "unpredictable" in order to win the war on terror.
Obama stressed that the threat of international terrorism will remain a problem "for years to come."
He stressed that the terrorists do not represent the Muslims in America, and it should not be on the United States to impose a religious test on its citizens, in reference to the controversial proposal put forward by Trump during his campaign the need to subdue the Muslims "to the ideology of tests."
He said: "We are a nation believes that there can never be underestimated (the principle of) freedom, and that every one of us the responsibility to promote it, and to promote the universal right to express their views and to protest against the ruling power but we live in an open and free society, we can criticize where our president to go unpunished."