Monday, May 24, 2010

President Obama defends escalation of Afghan war in address to 2010 West Point class

By Ben Geman, The Hill, May 22, 2010

President Barack Obama on Saturday used a speech to West Point cadets to defend his escalation of the war in Afghanistan.

Obama also placed a heavy emphasis on winning international cooperation and bolstering non-military sources of American power.

Obama’s remarks to the graduating class revealed both continuity with former President Bush’s hard stance against violent extremists and a break with the unilateralism that Bush critics called a defining feature of his presidency.

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