President Obama is trying to redefine America's fight against terrorism, saying "America is at a crossroads" and all wars must come to an end.
"Today, Osama bin Laden is dead, and so are most of his top lieutenants. There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure," the president said during a major national security speech Thursday.
"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,'" he said.
The president says America will not be involved in a "boundless 'global war on terror,'" but rather a focused hunt for "violent extremists."
"Now make no mistake: our nation is still threatened by terrorists. From Benghazi to Boston, we have been tragically reminded of that truth. We must recognize, however, that the threat has shifted and evolved from the one that came to our shores on 9/11," he said.
President Obama contends that the future of terrorism is "homegrown extremists," insisting that America is not at war with Muslims.
Still, he admits Al Qaeda will kill more Americans if we do not protect ourselves. So he defended his use of unmanned drones to hunt down terrorists in places like Pakistan and Yemen.
Conservative groups are not very happy with the direction the President is taking the fight, citing the murder of Americans in Benghazi, the terror attack in Boston, and a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan.
The Heritage Foundation accuses him of being "tired of fighting terrorism."
In a press release the group states:
"Obama framed the challenges we face today as a false choice between sitting back and global, endless, borderless war. In reality, there is much that the U.S. can to defend itself: dismantle global terrorist networks; push back on political Islam; and champion freedom in the world. There are options between doing nothing and invading countries. President Obama has decided to ignore them. He is sick of fighting. Unfortunately, America's enemies are not."