>> Plots have been disrupted, terrorists have been taken off the battlefield.>> In one of his final speeches as Commander in Chief, President Obama mounting a spirited defense of his eight year campaign against global terror.>> No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland.
>> But Obama also throwing down a veiled warning to President-elect Donald Trump not to resort to acts such as torture when it's his turn to take up the fight.>> We need the wisdom to see that upholding our values and adhering to the rule of law is not a weakness.
In the long term, it is our greatest strength. These terrorists can never directly destroy our way of life. But we can do it for them if we lose track of who we are and the values that this nation was founded upon.>> On the campaign trail, Trump often vented impatience over Obama's pursuit of terrorists.
Yara Bayoumy is following the story.>> Donald Trump has suggested that he would take more forceful measures against militants, including the use of waterboarding and also going after Islamic State's family members.>> We have to make sure changes in how we address terrorists are not abused.>> Obama's saying his focus on empowering allies and building coalitions can help take out militant leaders and disrupt the Islamic State without over taxing the US Military.
The speech dovetailing with the release of a 60 page policy framework explaining what Obama sees as the proper limits of presidential power. A clear roadmap offered to incoming President, Donald Trump, without any guarantees he will use it.