Dire pronouncements aside, the process is just getting started, with legislation at a formative stage and Obama yet to offer his plan.
The aging craft, heading toward the Strait of Malacca, is an unlikely player in what is fast becoming an international drama.
Eyewitnesses say thousands of police and plainclothes militia members filled the streets to prevent rallies.
Two recordings from the Al Qaeda chief and his deputy may signal that Obama's overtures, particularly his speech in Cairo Thursday, have put the organization on the defensive.
Republicans on Capitol Hill are acutely aware that the tone and content of the nominee's hearing could redefine the party after two punishing national elections.