"Nevertheless, it is a hard fact that U.S. strikes have resulted in civilian casualties, a risk that exists in all wars," he said. "For me, and those in my chain of command, these deaths will haunt us as long as we live."
Wednesday's speech did not come with any concrete plans to change the drone program going forward. Obama discussed the possibility of creating a "special court" to evaluate targeted killings, but said that would create problematic constitutional issues. His administration has also floated the possibility that the drone program's operation will be switched from the Central Intelligence Agency to the Department of Defense.
"I look forward to actively engaging Congress to explore these – and other – options for increased oversight," he said.
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