Thursday, May 23, 2013

Obama: US Has Compromised 'Basic Principles'

In a wide-ranging, impassioned speech to define US foreign policies on terror, President Barack Obama says the US has at times "compromised our basic principles" in the international war on terrorism since 9/11.

Mr Obama indicated he regrets past uses of torture or other tactics to gather terror intelligence, and said he is "haunted" by unintended civilian casualties in unmanned drone strikes.

But the president also said the US is safer because of his administration's targeted and continued work to combat terrorism, and insisted US actions have been legal.

He said: "This is a just war. A war waged in last resort and in self-defence."