President Barack Obama will use his commencement speech at West Point this week to defend his handling of an ever-widening array of foreign policy crises and to outline top national security goals for his fast-shrinking time in office, officials say.
Under fire from Republicans who accuse him of being a weak president overseeing a dramatic and dangerous American retreat from the world stage, the president who ordered the death of Osama bin Laden but has been powerless to stop the bloodbath in Syria will argue that he has struck the right balance — and will continue to do so.
“You will hear the president discuss how the United States will use all the tools in our arsenal without overreaching,” a White House official said on condition of anonymity.
“He will lay out why the right policy is one that is both interventionist and internationalist, but not isolationist or unilateral,” the official said.
It’s a familiar theme for a president who won his first term in large part on his vow toRead More »from Obama to warn against ‘overreaching’ foreign policy in West Point address