Obama's sweeping speech on the war on terror: 7 key highlights

The president outlines the future of drone strikes, Guantanamo, and the nation's overseas entanglements

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President Obama on Thursday offered a sweeping outline of the future of his administration's counterterrorism efforts, laying out in strikingly specific terms his vision for a more limited American military engagement around the globe.

"America is at a crossroads," he said. "We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us, mindful of James Madison’s warning that 'No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.'"

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