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Obama: U.S. must lead globally but show restraint

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 28, 2014 at 9:39 a.m.

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President Barack Obama pauses while delivering the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2014, in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. In a broad defense of his foreign policy, the president declared that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation, even after a "long season of war," but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

WEST POINT, N.Y. — President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation, even after a "long season of war," but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

Standing before the newest class of officers graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, Obama said, "I would betray my duty to you, and to the country we love, if I sent you into harm's way simply because I saw a problem somewhere in the world that needed fixing, or because I was worried about critics who think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak."

Obama's speech came as the White House seeks to push back against critics who contend that the president's approach to global problems has been too cautious and has emboldened adversaries. Obama and his advisers say his efforts to keep the U.S. out of more military conflicts are in line with the views of the American public.

Even as the U.S. emerges from the two wars that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Obama said terrorism remains the most direct threat to American security. But he argued that as the threat has shifted from a centralized al-Qaida to an array of affiliates, the American response must change too.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... May 28, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.

Did he have on his MOM jeans when he made his speech?

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AmericasDoomed says... May 28, 2014 at 11:19 a.m.

He has long since betrayed the American people by his blatant disregard for the Constitution and the legislative branch of our government.

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... May 28, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

What the "red line" thing didn't work, but then again most things this Admin does does not work for America's benefit either. Send Democrats packing.

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Got2Kids says... May 28, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

Putin has made him look like a fool on more than one occasion. I still laugh out loud when I think of his response during the debate when Romney said Russia was still a threat - "Hey Mitt, the 80s called and they want their foreign policy back." Unfortunately, he has been and still is in over his head, too much to handle for the poor old community organizer who otherwise has NO meaningful experience. Hey POTUS, guess what, most of us would settle for the foreign policy of the 80s.

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KCSAP says... May 29, 2014 at 6:28 a.m.

No they were skinny jeans, he's trying to hip hop. Obama is the only one talking about about war and drawing redlines. It's absence of leadership and critical thinking that's the problem, but Obama is an ideological fog.

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RonalFos says... May 29, 2014 at 6:40 a.m.

I'm happy none of the above are leading the country. I for one have seen enough of our best young men and women dying to protect some dumb$hit country that means nothing to us just to keep the military industrial complex humming.

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NOTAGAIN says... May 29, 2014 at 7:52 a.m.

Ronalfos, I agree. We would be in a wars all over the planet. Some people can not see the big picture.

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3rdWorldState says... May 29, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.

Yeah, lots of rational thinking on this thread.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... May 29, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

ht tp://ww w.washingtontimes.c om/news/2014/may/28/inside-the-ring-directive-outlines-obamas-policy-t/

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