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President Obama distinguishes the world of 9/11 and today. He argues that the "core of al-Qaeda" is defeated and are worried more about their own safety than attacking the U.S. He earlier addressed his administration's policies and strategies over the last few years as being responsible for the lack of a full-scale attack on the U.S.

President Obama argues that the biggest threats right now are "localized" threats like Benghazi or kidnappings against "soft targets."