WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has established a new framework to govern U.S. force against terrorists.
He says it includes clear guidelines as well as oversight and accountability. Obama says in a speech Thursday he put this framework into a single document by signing on Wednesday what is known as presidential policy guidance.
He also says he will talk to Congress about refining, and ultimately repealing, the authority it gave the president in 2001 to wage war on al-Qaida. He says he will not sign laws designed to expand that authority any further.
Obama cautions that terrorism will remain a national security problem. But he says it must be recognized that not every, quote, “collection of thugs” affiliated with al-Qaida will pose a credible threat to the U.S.