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Obama: U.S. Must Lead Globally, But Show Restraint

President Obama Announces Plan For Pullout From Afghanistan By End Of 2016
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President Barack Obama says the United States must lead on the world stage, but also show restraint before rushing into military operations overseas.

Obama is outlining his foreign policy vision for his final two years during a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy.

Obama says the U.S. is emerging from a long period of war. But he says isolationism isn’t an option in the 21st century.

He says the U.S. will use force when necessary, but is stronger when it doesn’t act alone.

Obama also says he plans to work with Congress to increase support for the Syrian opposition.

The speech comes a day after Obama offered a blueprint for ending the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan.

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