President Defends His Cautious Foreign Policy

Paul Brandus / WWR

Wrapping up an eight-day goodwill mission to Asia, President Obama defended his approach to foreign policy as a steady, incremental pursuit of American interests while avoiding military clashes. He crititicized opponents who have questioned his  reluctance to use force in the Middle East and for what some consider an anemic response to Soviet aggression in Ukraine. 

Mr. Obama's comments came at a news conference Monday in Manila, the last stop on his four-nation trip that also included stops in Japan, South Korea and Malaysia. The President, appearing frustrated, said critics of his cautious approach failed to learn lessons from the nine-year U.S. war in Iraq. He said his foreign policy was based on a low key focus on American priorities that lacked the drama of a wartime presidency but also avoided costly mistakes.

The President's comments came on the same day that his administration unveiled new sanctions against Russia for its ongoing threats to Ukraine. 

“You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run,” Mr. Obama said. “But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.”


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