American Foreign Policy: Combine Military Strength With Diplomacy

President Obama: "American leads not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve."
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Of course if there's one thing this new century is taught us. Is that we cannot separate our work here at home from challenges beyond our shores. My first duty is commander in chief is defend the United States of America. And doing so the question is not. Doing so the question is not whether America reads in the world. But how. When we make rash decisions reacting to the headlines instead of using our heads. When the first response to a challenge is to send in our military. Men we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts. And neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer more prosperous world. That's what our enemies wants to do. I believe in a smarter. Got an American leadership. We league best one we combine that military power was strong diplomacy. When we leverage our power with coalition building. We don't let our fears. Minus three opportunities through this new century presents. That's exactly what we're doing right now. And around the globe is making a difference. First. We stand united with people around the world who been targeted by terrorists from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris. We will continue to hunt. At the same time we've learned some costly lessons over the last thirteen years. Instead of Americans patrolling the valleys of Afghanistan. We train their security forces. Who have now taken the lead. And we honor our troops' sacrifice by supporting that country's first democratic transition. Instead of sending large ground forces overseas. We're partnering with nations from celebration to North Africa. To deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America. In Iraq consider. American leadership. Including our military power. Is stopping by souls events. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East we are leading a broad coalition including Arab nations. To degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. Also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria the can help us in this. And assisting people everywhere. Who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremists. This effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight I call on this congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against sites. We need to. A medical. Second. We're demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We're upholding the principle the bigger nations can bully the small. By posing Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine's democracy and reassuring. Last year's. As we were doing the hard work imposing sanctions along with our allies and as we were reinforcing our presence. With Frontline states. Mr. Putin's aggression. It was suggested was a masterful display of strategy and strength that's what I heard from some folks. Well today is America to stand strong and united would our allies. While Russia is isolated. Would its economy in tatters. Asked how America leads our bluster. But we're persistent steady resolve. And on Cuba. We are ending a policy that was long past effects were. When what you're Dolan doesn't work for fifty years. It's time to try something they'll. Our ship. And Cuba policy has the potential to end the legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere. It removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba. Stands up for democratic values and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. I miss your congress should begin the work of ending the embark. Diplomacy. Is the work of small steps. These small steps and added up to new hope for the future if you. And after. Years in prison we are overjoyed that Alan gross is back where he belongs. Welcome home. Our diplomacy will work would respect to Iran. Where for the first time in a decade we've halted. The progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear winter. Between now and this spring we have a chance to negotiate a conference of agreement that prevents. The nuclear armed Iran. Secures America and our allies including Israel. While avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees the negotiations will succeed. And I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. The new sanctions passed by this congress. At this moment in time. All but guarantee the diplomacy fails. Alienating America from a tell us. Making it harder to maintain sanctions. Ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again it doesn't make sense. And that's why I will veto any new sanctions buildup threatens to undo this progress. The American people expect us. Only to go to war as a last resort. And I intend to stay true to that was to. Our. What can be on the issues that have consumed us in the past to shape the coming century. No foreign nation know happened. Should be able to shut down our networks steal our trade secrets or invade the privacy of American families especially our kids. For were making sure our government integrate intelligence to combat cyber threats just as we have done to combat terrorism. Tonight I urge this congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks. Combat identity theft. That should be a bipartisan. If we don't act. Leave our nation and our comparable. If we do we can continue to protect the technologies that unleashed. Untold opportunities for people around the goal. In West Africa our troops are scientists. Or doctors or nurses or health care workers are rolling back people. Saving countless lives. Stopping the spread of. And I think this congress for your bipartisan support of their efforts. But the job is not about. In the world needs to use this lesson to build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future payments. Invest in Smart development. Erratic at extreme poverty. In the Asia Pacific we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules. And how they traded. Other resolve maritime disputes. How they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation. And disaster relief. And no challenge. No challenge. Poses a greater threat to future generations the climate change.

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