29 Jan '14, 6am

State of the Union: Obama emphasizes diplomacy to strengthen security: The country must maintain a s... #airforce

State of the Union: Obama emphasizes diplomacy to strengthen security: The country must maintain a s... #airforce

WASHINGTON — The country must maintain a strong military but “move off” a permanent war footing and look toward partnerships, diplomatic solutions and precision operations for dealing with world threats, President Obama said in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. In an address that focused largely on domestic policy and economic growth and less on foreign relations and national security, Obama emphasized the importance of diplomacy, counterterrorism operations and allied cooperation over “large scale deployments that drain our strength and may unilaterally feed extremism.” Acknowledging ongoing threats in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, he said strengthening defenses is important, but in many cases, like Iran, “we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.” “I strongly believe our leadership and security cannot depend on our military alone,” Obama said. The president...

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