June 1, 2014

Why Obama Changed His Mind on Syria

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point last week was in large part a list of all the things he doesn't want to do. He doesn't want to withdraw from the world. At the same time, he doesn't want to use military force to solve every problem. Above all, he doesn't want to get stuck in another war in the Middle East, or anywhere else, for that matter. But there's an exception to the Obama Doctrine of restraint: terrorism. Obama is ready and willing to use U.S. military power — indirectly if possible, directly if needed — against terrorists who pose a threat to the United States.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Syria, Obama Doctrine, U.S. Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Al-Qaeda, United States

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