Saturday, January 2, 2010
Obama Calls For Bipartisan Approach To Fighting Terrorism
Melvin Baker - AHN Reporter
Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) - President Barack Obama on Saturday pushed for a bipartisan approach to fighting terrorism.
In his weekly radio address, the president noted the attempted bombing of an American passenger jet on Christmas Day and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan that killed seven employees of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Reflecting on his inauguration nearly one year ago, Obama repeated his pledge on that day to "do whatever it takes to defeat [terrorists] and defend our country, even as we uphold the values that have always distinguished American among nations."
In attacking terrorism, he said the United States had forged new partnerships. "[W]e've disrupted terrorist financing, cut off recruiting chains, inflicted major losses on al Qaeda's leadership, thwarted plots here in the United States, and saved countless American lives."
He promised changes would be made to prevent attacks such as those in Detroit and Afghanistan during the past week, but said the country should avoid divisiveness over what those changes should be.
"But as we go forward," the president said, "let us remember this-our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other. Let's never forget what has always carried us through times of trial, including those attacks eight Septembers ago.
"Instead of giving in to fear and cynicism, let's renew that timeless American spirit of resolve and confidence and optimism. Instead of succumbing to partisanship and division, let's summon the unity that this moment demands. Let's work together, with a seriousness of purpose, to do what must be done to keep our country safe."