Boston Marathon bombing

President Barack Obama said today that there have been no “large scale” terrorist attacks on the United States since he became president.

The statement comes less than six weeks after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, which killed 5 people, injured 280 people (including 16 police officers), and forced the city to shut down while police conducted a door-to-door search for the terrorists.

“So after I took office, we stepped up the war against al Qaeda but we also sought to change its  course,” said Obama at Ft. McNair’s National Defense University in Washington, D.C.  “We relentlessly targeted al Qaeda’s leadership. We ended the war in Iraq and brought nearly 150,000 troops home. … We unequivocally banned torture, affirmed our commitment to civilian courts, worked to align our policies with the rule of law, and expanded our consultations with Congress.”

“Today, Osama bin Laden is dead and so are most of his top lieutenants,” said Obama.  “There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure.”

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