Obama to use White House as backdrop for Pentagon speech on drone strikes
On Thursday, President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address on drones in an attempt to draw attention to his administration’s war on terrorism and his administration-wide push to rein in the nation’s drone program.
The speech will be delivered at the U.S. Capitol, and is expected to take on new relevance following the recent news that the Obama administration is planning to launch a new class of lethal weapons that could be used to kill Americans on U.N. premises.
While the speech will feature a broad range of topics, the focus will be on the United States’ drone program, and how the White House has worked to rein it in.
It will include a discussion of the president’s counterterrorism strategy, including the president taking a harder line against terrorists.
Obama also will discuss the role of drones in his administration and what he has done to stop them.
“While I believe that drone strikes are necessary, it is also important to acknowledge the fact that they do not achieve the ultimate goal of stopping a terrorist attack, which is to prevent future attacks,” Obama will say, according to the White.
Obama is expected be joined by his top counterterrorism official, Lisa Monaco, who will also address the subject of drone strikes, the White said.
As Obama and Monaco take the stage, they will be joined in the audience by several former top U.K. counterterrorism officials who are in Washington for the meeting.
Last week, Obama signed a new law that would give U.C.L.A. the authority to take a stand against drones.
This law, called the Comprehensive Federal Response to Domestic Drones, is expected have a major impact on UcLAviation and the UcLaPrices program, which was created by former President Bill Clinton to provide funding to private companies that develop autonomous aerial vehicles.
UcLa prices has also expanded to include drones.