With the war in Afghanistan winding down and al Qaeda a weakened enemy, President Obama says it's time to re-focus America's strategy for national security. We hear his latest ideas about using drones for targeted killings and closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Also, the bloody attack on a soldier terrifies London, and for the fourth time, voters in Portland, Oregon have rejected preventing tooth decay by fluoridating the water.
After two men hacked another to death on a London street, one of them made a statement to an observer with a cell phone. "We swear by the Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Prime Minister David Cameron, who returned from a visit to France to address the incident, assured citizens of heightened police security but encourage that "one of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives." Kim Sengupta is defense and diplomatic correspondent for The Independent.
As today's live broadcast begins, President Obama is addressing national security at the National Defense University in Washington. In a lengthy briefing prior to the speech, aides outlined his renewed intention to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay and his plans to establish new rules for the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings. The President said that, while terrorism is a threat that will always be with us, it's not a reason for perpetual war. With US troops leaving Afghanistan, and al Qaeda leadership decimated since the attacks of September 11, he said it's time to refocus American strategy. Will today's speech win support from a divided Congress?
After Tuesday's voting, Portland, Oregon remains the largest American city that does not add fluoride to drinking water to prevent tooth decay. For the fourth time, the practice has been rejected, this time by a decisive 60 percent, and the opponents are a collection that might not be possible anywhere else -- a coalition of civil rights groups, environmentalists, libertarians and breweries. Ryan Kost is City Hall reporter for The Oregonian.