Obama: World 'More Stable Than It Was 5 Years Ago'
(CNSNews.com) - In his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Barack Obama told the assembled leaders, "The world is more stable than it was five years ago."
He also claimed that al Qaeda does not have the capacity to carry out attacks like the one on 9-11, but it "does pose serious threats."
Partly as a result of the U.S winding down two wars -- and because of U.S. cooperation with its allies and partners -- "the world is more stable than it was five years ago," but "dangers remain," the president said.
He then mentioned the massacre at a Kenyan shopping mall and the massacre of Christians in Pakistan, both the result of terrorism; and the killings and car bombs that "continue to be a terrible part of life" in Iraq.
Obama noted that al Qaeda has "splintered into regional networks and militias, which does not give them the capacity at this point to carry out attacks like 9-11, but does pose serious threats to governments and diplomats, businesses and civilians all across the globe."
Just as significant, the president said, are "the convulsions in the Middle East and North Africa."
Earlier, in explaining that the U.S. is winding down the war in Afghanistan, Obama said the U.S. has achieved its mission "of dismantling the core of al Qaeda that attacked us on 9-11."
Obama also said he has "limited the use of drones so they target only those who pose a continuing imminent threat to the U.S., where capture is not feasible and there's a near-certainty of no civilian casualties."
He said the U.S. is "transferring detainees to other countries and trying terrorists in courts of law while working diligently to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay."
And Obama counted it as an accomplishment that the U.S. "has begun to review the way we gather intelligence, so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share."