‘The rhetorical end of the War on Terror’

Text of speech here










President Obama listens as Medea Benjamin, an activist from the organization called Code Pink, shouts at him while he speaks at the National Defense University, May 23





















152 Responses to “‘The rhetorical end of the War on Terror’”

  1. 1 isonprize
    May 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm


  2. 2 vitaminlover
    May 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    If anyone can end this war on terror it’s him

  3. 3 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Congrats vitamin and isonprize for 1st place tie! 🙂

  4. May 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Great post! Thanks

  5. 5 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Is Jon Karl trying to get back in PBO’s good graces, or is he trying to make us forget his unethical behavior?

    • 6 pkayden
      May 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      A “journalist” who would allow doctored emails to be used to attack President Obama shouldn’t be trusted. Period. He must think the public will forget his unethical behavior. We won’t.

  6. 7 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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  7. 17 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm

  8. 20 anniebella
    May 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    As far as I am concern Jonathan Karl and what he thinks of POTUS speech today is meaningless.

  9. May 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Didn’t have time to catch up with today’s other news, will do in the morning.

  10. 24 anniebella
    May 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m so glad POTUS get to go home and sit at the dinner table and talk to Mala and Sasha about how their day went.

  11. 26 Judith Fardig
    May 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    As always, extremely proud of my President today and every day.

    Trying to have his back on multiple issues:

  12. 27 FiredUpInCA
    May 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    No mission accomplished:

    “Our victory against terrorism won’t be measured in a surrender ceremony on a battleship, or a statue being pulled to the ground. Victory will be measured in parents taking their kids to school; immigrants coming to our shores; fans taking in a ballgame; a veteran starting a business; a bustling city street. The quiet determination; that strength of character and bond of fellowship; that refutation of fear – that is both our sword and our shield.”

    No endless war:

    “Unless we discipline our thinking and our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant Presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states. So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the [Authorization to Use Military Forces] mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.”

  13. May 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    That Allan Brauer tweet says it all. I guess yelling at The President instead of Congress is all they have left considering the progressiveness and justice they claimed to want has been embodied in the most progressive President I’ve seen in my lifetime.

    She gets her thirteen minutes and eighteen seconds of fame. Then what? Like most code pink productions not much except to grift in order to raise enough money for the next production. It’s a racket.

  14. May 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Just checked my TL. Bunch of emoprogs screaming about DROOOOOOOONES and TEH GITMO. Fun blocking them.

    • 30 57andfemale
      May 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      how can they be so stunningly stupid? How is it possible they blame Daddy for not unilaterally closing Gitmo when they would scream “executive overreach” over every other issue. Astonishing

      • May 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        I have other things on my mind right now, so “arguing” with them was definitely not on my agenda.

        • 32 nathkatun7
          May 24, 2013 at 1:32 am

          Sometimes LL, It makes no sense banging your head on a brick wall. I am glad you are using your time for more productive things than trying to convince the “emoprogs,” as you guys call them, to use reason and common sense when attacking President Obama. Most of them will never listen to you anyway. You are better off spending time, writing for, and conversing with, open minded people that may re-examine their thinking after they read your excellent posts and tweets.

  15. May 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  16. 39 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    • 40 99ts
      May 23, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Well England had a “hundred years war” – McCain wants one of those

      • May 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        Actually, England had TWO “Hundred Years’ War”: the one we all know about, and for all intents and purposes another one from the 1700s until Napoleon’s final defeat in 1815.

        This has been your history geek lesson for the day.

        • 42 99ts
          May 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

          Oh dear – I only remember learning about one of them – I’ve been reading an incredible “history of England” written c. 1867 – among my father’s books – it covers the monarchs from 1066 to Victoria – and the reality seems to be – it was just one long war. Things don’t seem to be as bloodthirsty today as they were back in the time – but I could be corrected on that as well.

  17. May 23, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    WELL! I missed the whole dang speech. I spent half my day at the VA.. one would have thought his speech would have been on a teevee in there somewhere. No sir, it was not.

    Love the tweets… that last one up there is a hoot 🙂 Will definitely end my day on a higher note and seek out this speech. I love my President~

  18. May 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Congrats on 1st ison!!!

    Well done, Chips, very well done!!!

    It is so important to express your thanks to our President for what he did, as well as, said today regarding counter terrorism and ending the Bush/Cheney/NEOCONSTER legacy of perpetual war.


    • 45 nathkatun7
      May 24, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Thank you Bobfr, for representing me in thanking the President for his excellent speech that contained so many excellent ideas and proposals. I also join you in thanking Chips and UT for their excellent coverage of the President’s speech.

  19. 46 Dudette
    May 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  20. May 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  21. May 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    PBO was superb today, as he always is. Sadly the corporate media and segments of population have given it short thrift precisely because they don’t do nuance. But I am willing to bet that 50 – 100 years from now this and many of his speeches will be etched in stone, taught to kids just like the Gettysburg Address

    • 50 hopefruit2
      May 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      I’m willing to give the public SOME credit. I give the corporate media NONE. Despite the GOP/MSM’s repeated attempts to undermine this President, more of the public is beginning to catch on and slowly but surely, people are less influenced by the MSM news cycle of the day. More Americans continue to trust this President and they do listen when he speaks. Look at how MSNBC’s ratings have suffered since they decided to make PBO their #1 target. Maybe I’m being naive here, but I do think that PBO’s greatness will be acknowledged much sooner than 50-100 years from now. 🙂 🙂

  22. 55 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  23. 56 mellesia barnett
    May 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    President Obama is just an exceptional leader. I watched that speech today and man did he knock it out of the ball park he basically gave the emprogs the middle finger and had a conversation with the intelligent persons like us on TOD not the whiners and talking heads

    • May 24, 2013 at 12:42 am

      The only thing that would have made it even better was if he lined the emoprogs up in the front row for their smackdown, like he did with Paul Ryan.

    • 58 arkluvspbo
      May 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I LOVE that term — “emoprogs”, it describes exactly what these wanna be poseurs are, for sure. They must be terribly unsatisfied in their lives.

  24. May 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    sheesh.. didn’t even realize you’d posted the speech too Chips.. thank you so much 🙂

  25. 62 hopefruit2
    May 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    • 63 pkayden
      May 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      It’s not a scandal! Wish they’d get it right. It’s a scandal that any T’Baggers got a tax exemption given that their only purpose is political.

  26. 64 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  27. 65 99ts
    May 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Slightly off topic – but the Chips timescale has just moved to the Southern hemisphere

    Just got a text from the mother of my grandbabe saying they’ll be here – 12 ish – ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  28. May 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    • 71 jacquelineoboomer
      May 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Perfect. New Jersey residents will really appreciate the President’s visit, to check on how they are doing.

      (My thought, only, separate from the President’s choice to always do the right thing by visiting areas hard hit by natural disasters: That hand-holding by our President on Tuesday will keep Christie in his place for another six months, and no doubt he’ll praise the President for his interest one more time, which will drive the rethugs crazy. Ha – love it.)

  29. 75 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    My dear Chips Chica, thank you so much for putting together such a smorgasbord of tweeters re PBO’s speech today. I would definitely not have been able to access all these while in my catch-up mode. Much appreciated. There truly are moments when you outdo yourself! 😉 😉


  30. May 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Want to thank UT, yet again, for all her summary tweets of PBO’s major speech – for so many of us who are multi-multi-tasking 🙂 to be able quickly to get bits of summary when we can’t listen, it’s a real treat. Twitter is a powerful tool when used by talented folk like UT and other TODers!!!

    #TrustBarack He Earns It, EVERYDAY

  31. 79 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    European Tour chief executive George O’Grady has apologised for using the racially insensitive word “coloured” in an interview defending Sergio Garcia.

    O’Grady described many of Garcia’s friends as being “coloured athletes”.

    His remarks came as he tried to mitigate the Spaniard’s “fried chicken” comment about Tiger Woods.

    A remorseful O’Grady said: “I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports, for which I unreservedly apologise.”


    Certain whites can’t handle that the ‘coloreds’ are at the helm of sports, politics and entertainment, can they ?

    • May 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      The guy who really pissed me off over this was McIlroy, described it all as making a “mountain out of molehill. Young Rory is fast becoming my least loved sports person.

      • May 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Hadn’t seen that from young Rory. Hopefully he’ll grow wiser.

        • May 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm

          I think he’s growing less wise by the day, LL, finding him increasingly hard to take. He set off a shit-storm over whether he’d represent Ireland or Britain at the next Olympics, without giving a moment’s thought to how sensitive an issue it is. His head is up his arse.

      • 83 criquet
        May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Interesting that his girlfriend -Caroline Wozniakci thought it was “funny’ to stuff her chest and behind and mimic Serena Williams on Court.
        She said it was a “joke”.

        Karma has come back to bite her though because everyone is beating her soundly.

    • 89 amk for obama
      May 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      George O’Grady’s use of the out-dated and offensive phrase was condemned by anti-racist campaigners as “lazy”, “ignorant” and “old-fashioned”.

      And after Garcia’s full apology for his fried chicken joke about Tiger Woods, the European Tour’s chief executive issued speedily issued one of his own.

      But the furore continues to overshadow the BMW PGA at Wentworth – and ­highlights the outdated attitudes in the sport in the year the Open returns to all-male Muirfield.

      O’Grady spoke live to Sky Sports in a bid to draw a line under the controversy caused by Garcia at an awards dinner on Tuesday night.

      But instead the bumbling blazer poured fuel on the fire when he said: “Most of Sergio’s friends happen to be coloured athletes in the US, he is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it.”


    • 90 99ts
      May 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Garcia’s non apology spoke of his “friends on the tour” – English and Australian – something about Tiger Woods that he just doesn’t get along with! Ban him for 10 matches – that might help him work out why he said what he said.

      • 91 amk for obama
        May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Without tiger, golf would still be watched only on sundays by retired seniors. And the prize money these racist punks would have been tenth of what it today.

      • May 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Garcia is just a sore loser, he is always blaming someone or something
        1. The wind
        2. The fans
        3. The course
        4. The birds
        5. Tiger Woods

        And never his lackluster game he should be honored that his name is even being mentioned in the same sentence as Tiger Woods

    • 94 arkluvspbo
      May 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

      What the heck is WRONG with people???? Just yesterday I was driving along, — had a twerpy little dude pull up next to me, honk to get my attention, and flipped me off — for no reason…although it probably had something to do with my “2012” car magnet. Of course being the “brave man” he was, he zoomed away as I sat there in stunned silence. I wonder if it made him feel better about himself.
      In fact, I’ve had quite a few people give me a hard time on the road…I’ve been cut off when trying to merge, I had one woman who went NUTS when I dared to get in front of her on an exit ramp, another redneck kid in his big bad Tonka truck gave me a hard time, then when we got stuck at the light together — couldn’t get away fast enough.
      These people are chicken shits…they act all tough and angry, but it’s easy to get away when one is in a car.
      I’m just a little white girl, driving my convertible with the pink license plates, I can only imagine what it’s like when one has to live with this ignorance everyday…I only have to deal with it every so often when I’m in my car.

  32. May 23, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  33. 97 Dudette
    May 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Happy Birthday to my Play-Husband, Maxwell!

  34. May 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    • May 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Really, “a rebranding of Bush”?! Did he listen to the speech, or did he have his DROOOOOOOOOOOONES headphones on?

      • 100 57andfemale
        May 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        he’s the primo raving emoprog. These idiots think Life is a tv movie, where we can “just say no” to dealing with national security threats and World Peace ensues before the commercial.

      • 101 majiir
        May 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

        Scahill does what the rest of the TV puppets do, LL, he sees and hears what he wants to see/hear. The president’s speech today was heads and shoulders above any national security/foreign policy speech GWB ever delivered. GWB sounded like a ventriloquist’s dummy whenever he gave a speech, and many times I wondered if he really knew/understood the things he was talking about.

  35. 102 Dudette
    May 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  36. May 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Ok, preparing a nighty owly chatty thingy.

  37. 105 GGAIL
    May 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks. I can catch up on the President`s speech & enjoy tweets frm japa, amk & Bobfr – GREAT!

  38. 110 anniebella
    May 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Will POTUS be giving a commencement speech tomorrow at the Navy Academy? If so what time.

  39. May 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    • 114 theo67
      May 24, 2013 at 12:52 am

      I don’t think we’ve seen POTUS carrying a briefcase since he’s been in the White House. Looks good!

  40. 115 Nena20409
    May 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    POTUS is slowly, steadily and systematically, Using Words, Deeds and is Quietly singing his detractors to Sleep……… 😉

    They can’t touch him. They can’t match him. So they whine, they get really dreadful and mean.

    I will Sing You to Sleep……Andy Kim, a Lebanese Canadian.

    • 116 zekke Lydonna
      May 23, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      This is soooooooooooo true. The progress is slow but steady. It hurts me everyday to hear my President unfairly criticized. But, I know he will triumph in the end.

      There is so little attention paid to PBO’s management of the government. What his administration is doing under the MSM radar is nothing short of amazing. It is something that is taken for granted by most people. Our government is more complex than it has ever been, and social media has put more pressure on this President than any other in history.

      I can’t wait for full enforcement of Obamacare–a term I have come to love, which will cement his historical claim to greatness.—when people will recognize the change, and make the lies harder to believe, even for those who want desperately for them to be true.

  41. 122 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    • May 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      As soon as I saw Rachel ask Scahill if what PBO was saying about Awa-Laka(sp) was true, I turned the channel. I don’t recall Scahill being a member of PBO’s Nat’l security team and privy to all of the security briefings.

  42. 126 cookemom
    May 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Back on the beat after literally shivering in my boots today. What’d I miss?

    Just kidding, I caught most of PBO’s speech and the pink lady. Isn’t a pink lady an alcoholic drink? If so, that may explain all the drunken behavior during the speech.

    Then i heard something about PBO’s prom pics, but have no idea where to see them. I’d really like to take a look-see at them. I know my own prom pic would have folks ROTFLTAO!!! Wild Afro and platform shoes anyone?

  43. 127 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Amazing how this fell off the internetz.

  44. May 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Because it’s been a while, tonight’s menu.

    Very simple dinner of heirloom tomatoes, fresh buratta, topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

  45. 130 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  46. May 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  47. May 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    • May 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Simultaneously and unambiguously condemning the very opening of GITMO, launching an unnecessary war, making it clear how stringent the use of drones actually is, and calling for the end of AUMF – telling the MIC perpetual war is not an American value crushes both EMOPROGS & NEOCONSTERS.

      The scope and far-reaching implications of what President Obama stated today – and began doing with the various Executive Actions he’s taken in the past couple of days – are historical on the scale of Stunning.


      • May 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

        Sorry, Chips, not sure why I managed to post the White House video of the historic speech, twice!!

        For sure, it’s a speech every American should listen to at least twice!!!


  48. 135 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  49. 136 Dudette
    May 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  50. May 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Programming note: Night Owl chat will drop soonish.

  51. 142 Dudette
    May 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

  52. 143 99ts
    May 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    I don’t read the SMH very often – being Sydney has not been “my town” for many years – but this was linked on a comment to Pierce.

    Shows our right wing is as stupid as yours – sadly likely to be elected to power this year

    For anyone reading
    Abbott is the current Opposition leader (PM if his party wins the election)

    What we think of the NRA is well noted

    Alan Jones is our Rush Limbaugh

    We seem to be a fairly non-religious crowd down under

    Andrew Johns is an ex footballer turned commentator who opened his mouth and rather regrets it

    • 144 theo67
      May 24, 2013 at 1:04 am

      It’s like the right wing has some sort of hypnotic power to convince people to vote against their best interests – globally. I hope your prediction doesn’t come true.

      • 145 99ts
        May 24, 2013 at 1:49 am

        Last 2 admins were Labor Party – like most they have been damaged by the recession & promises to “balance the budget” (for no good reason). They have been taken in by austerity & are damaging those who can least afford it.

        Except that the opposition leader has little to recommend him it would be an easy win for the right – but I think they will still win – sad but true.

  53. 146 amk for obama
    May 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  54. 148 Lovepolitics2008
    May 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I LOVE Joy Reid. Competent, measured, intelligent.

    • 149 Ladyhawke
      May 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Me too. I got my wish. I was hoping Lawrence would have Joy Reid on the show tonight. I am always interested in what she has to say about anything. She did not disappoint tonight. Love her.

  55. 150 anniebella
    May 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I think FLOTUS can tell you that in picture 3,4,5, POTUS is really piss.

  56. May 24, 2013 at 12:55 am

    That’s our President Ladies and Gentleman…I have not experienced a President like him in my lifetime and I may never again….not in this profound way. No President has ever spoken so eloquently about the realities of war. And I have never, ever seen a heckler treated with more grace and respect than what I just witnessed….going off script to speak from his heart and weaving her and her protest into the end of the speech was incredible. I see big things in the next three years with his legacy destined to be truly great and far reaching.

  57. 152 nathkatun7
    May 24, 2013 at 2:03 am

    As usual I am always late to the party. I just wanted to come here to thank Chips and UT for their excellent coverage of this historic day. I know President Obama, if he knew of their work, would be very proud of them because they are able to put aside their football rivalries to work together for the common good. Today, Chips and UT were incredible in assembling news and facts that support my view that President Obama is one of the greatest U.S. Presidents in my life time.

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