President Barack Obama outlined a four-point foreign policy plan emphasizing diplomatic leadership over military operations at a West Point Military Academy commencement address today.
The plan focused on moving away from American-led military actions and toward more efforts to support native forces fighting newer, more localized terrorism.
"You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent to combat in Iraq or Afghanistan," he told the 2014 cadets in Annapolis, Maryland.
Obama outlined his vision for American foreign policy after the planned pull-out from Afghanistan at the end of this year. The United States will 1) use military force unilaterally only against direct threats to American lives and livelihoods, 2) continue to fight terrorism as the biggest threat to America without direct invasion, 3) work to strengthen and enforce international order through institutions and alliances, and 4) support human dignity, especially by encouraging democratic and capitalist nations.