Jan. 30 - In a Google Plus video chat, President Obama describes how the U.S. will have to be judicious in their use of drones. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
How Mr. President do you think that possibly these throw strikes you know. Do they send the message is that the US is interfering in other cut fares because I feel like. You know regardless of how much we do people in other countries might perceive that were interfering and might not be good for us is there a way that we're combating that. Well he you know I think that we have to be judicious in how we use. Drones. But understand that. Probably our ability to. Respect the sovereignty of other countries and to limit. Are incursions into. Somebody else's territory. Is enhanced by the fact that we are able to pinpoint strike on al-Qaeda operative. In a place where. The capacity is -- that military in that country may not. Be able to get them so obviously a lot of these strikes have been in the the Fatah. And going after al-Qaeda suspects. Who are up and very tough terrain along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. For us to be able to get them in another way. Would involve probably. A lot more. Intrusive military actions than the one the wording gauging. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't be careful about how we proceed on this. And you know obviously I hope I'm looking forward to a time where al-Qaeda. Is no longer operative network. And it -- Refocus. A lot of our assets and and attention on other issues but. This is something that we're still having to deal with. There are still active plots that are directed against the United States. And I think we are on the offense now al-Qaeda has been really weakened. But we've still got a lot more work to do and we've got to make sure that we're using all -- -- capacities in order to deal with.