President Obama says the U.S. does not get terrorized

U.S. President Barack Obama said al-Qaida extremists and other terrorists do not understand that the U.S. does not get terrorized, the White House said on Wednesday.

Obama made the remarks on Wednesday during a visit to Camp Pendleton, Calif., the home of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. The President praised the Marines in attendance for their contributions in the fight against terrorism and al-Qaida.

"Because of you, Osama bin Laden is no more," Obama said. "Because of you, al-Qaida's top ranks have been hammered. The core of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat. That happened because of you."

Obama said the end of the war in Afghanistan does not mean al-Qaida can no longer threaten the U.S. He saluted the brave diplomats and intelligence and military personnel working around the clock to safeguard embassies and consulates overseas.

Obama said the members of al-Qaida and its affiliates do not understand that the U.S. will not retreat from the world and will not be terrorized.

"As for these extremists, here's what those who would cowardly attack our civilians don't get," Obama said. "The United States is never going to retreat from the world. We don't get terrorized. We're going to keep standing up for our interests. We're going to keep standing up for the security of our citizens. We're going to keep standing up for human rights and dignity for people wherever they live."