In a major foreign policy speech Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said the nation’s resources must be used for diplomatic efforts, and laid emphasis on targeted counterterrorism missions rather than broad military engagements in the world.
Addressing a graduating class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Obama outlined a doctrine of multilateralism, saying the modern era necessitates the strengthening of international institutions.
Pragmatism requires the US to maintain a strong military while also using diplomatic tools to resolve problems, he said.
“The United States is the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed, and will likely be true for the century to come,” Obama told the military audience, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The president alluded to his announcement on Tuesday that he will maintain a US force of nearly 10,000 in Afghanistan next year and told the West Point audience that it could be proud of the American military.
“The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership, but US military action cannot be the only—or even primary—component of our leadership in every instance,” he said. “Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.”
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