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  1. Obama Offers Shaky Foreign Policy Optimism in West Point Speech

    President Obama delivered a commencement speech at West Point on Wednesday in which he defended his foreign policy record. With the mission in Afghanistan scheduled to officially end in December, Obama says institutions and diplomacy should now become the main tools of American foreign policy. The lack of direct action in response to conflicts in Syria and Ukraine reflects the president’s reluctance to plunge into conflicts in the post-Bush era. But while the President insists that America faces few threats and boasts a peerless economy, many believe that more is needed to re-establish America as an admired global leader.

    Sources: NPR, New Yorker, The Atlantic

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