Obama addresses future plans for foreign policy at West Point graduation

Obama at West Point

WEST POINT, NY (WIAT) — President Obama has a vision of how he wants to shift the focus of US foreign policy. On Wednesday, he used his commencement address at the US Military Academy to map it out.

The President told the West Point graduates that their graduating class will be different from those that came before them. They will be, he said, the first class since 9/11 to not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

President Obama wants to see more collaboration with international partners so he is calling on congress to approve $5 billion to help other countries with counter-terrorism operations. The President said, “we must shift our counter-terrorism strategy drawing on the successes and shortcomings of our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan to more effectively partner with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold.”

Republican lawmakers criticized Obama’s speech for lacking any concrete steps to address current conflicts around the world. The President said the US must show restraint before embarking on more military missions but acknowledged there will be times when direct action is needed.

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