Obama: No 'Large Scale' Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Since I Became President
(CNSNews.com) –President Barack Obama said today that there have been no "large scale" terrorist attacks on the United States since he became president.
The statement comes less than six weeks after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, which killed 5 people, injured 280 people (including 16 police officers), and forced the city to shut down while police conducted a door-to-door search for the terrorists.
“So after I took office, we stepped up the war against al Qaeda but we also sought to change its course,” said Obama at Ft. McNair’s National Defense University in Washington, D.C. “We relentlessly targeted al Qaeda’s leadership. We ended the war in Iraq and brought nearly 150,000 troops home. … We unequivocally banned torture, affirmed our commitment to civilian courts, worked to align our policies with the rule of law, and expanded our consultations with Congress.”
“Today, Osama bin Laden is dead and so are most of his top lieutenants,” said Obama. “There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure.”
On April 15, two Islamist terrorists Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev exploded two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street in Boston.
The timed explosions killed three people at the scene, including eight-year-old Martin Richard. During the manhunt for the terrorists, one police officer at MIT, Sean Collier, 27, was shot to death and then police killed one of the terrorists, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26.
Also during the 4-day manhunt, residents of much of Boston were advised by authorities to stay indoors, while in Watertown police conducted door-to-door searches.
On Sept. 11-12, 2012, the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, including a State Department mission and a CIA compound, were attacked by Islamist terrorists, including the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia. Four Americans were killed in that attack: Amb. Chris Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
On Nov. 5, 2009, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim radical, killed 13 and injured 32 others at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. According to witnesses, Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar"--God is great--before he started shooting his victims.
Although the Obama administration says Hasan’s actions constituted “workplace violence,”Hasan in the months leading up to his attack on Fort Hood, had sent numerous emails to Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born al-Qaeda terrorist who was then in Yemen.
"There are many Muslims who join the armed forces for a myriad of different reasons," Hasan wrote the al Qaeda leader, as reported by CNN. "Some appear to have internal conflicts and have even killed or tried to kill other U.S. soldiers in the name of Islam i.e. Hasan Akbar."
"Would you consider someone like Hasan Akbar or other soldiers that have committed such acts with the goal of helping Muslims/Islam (Lets just assume this for now) fighting Jihad and if they did die would you consider them shaheeds (martyrs)?" Hasan asked Awlaki.
Despite pleas from the families of the victims, the Defense Department has refused to classify Hasan's killing of 13 Americans and wounding of 32 others as a "terrorist" attack.