Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech Sounds Familiar


For all the hype, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point on Wednesday didn’t break much new ground.

As he has before, Obama warned against rash military action while reserving the option of unilateral force if necessary to defend America. He boasted about winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a key theme of his reelection campaign. He argued that America is not in decline, as he did in his 2012 State of the Union address, and said the U.S. retains an essential global leadership role. America will sometimes enforce use force to defend its values and prevent suffering, he said, but only in partnership with allies and institutions—an echo of his 2011 speech explaining his Libya intervention. He bragged about decimating al-Qaeda’s leadership while warning about the group’s dangerous new affiliates, and promised to use drone strikes judiciously; those were the main themes of last year’s…

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