On October 6, 2009 President Obama spoke at the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Virginia. After a briefing and introduction by Director Michael E. Leiter, President Obama addressed the National Counterterrorism Center. "Because of you, and all the organizations you represent, we're making real progress in our core mission: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and other extremist networks around the world. We must never lose sight of that goal. That's the principal threat to the American people. That is the threat that led to the creation of this Center. And that must be the focus of our efforts to defend the homeland and our allies, and defeat extremists abroad. We know that al Qaeda and its extremist allies threaten us from different corners of the globe - from Pakistan, but also from East Africa and Southeast Asia; from Europe and the Gulf. And that's why we're applying focused and relentless pressure on al Qaeda - by sharing more intelligence, strengthening the capacity of our partners, disrupting terrorist financing, cutting off supply chains, and inflicting major losses on al Qaeda's leadership. […] We also know that success against al Qaeda must go beyond destroying their network - it must be about the future that we want to build as well. And that's why we're putting forward a positive vision of American leadership around the world -- one where we lead by example, and engage nations and peoples on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect."
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