President Barack Obama has unveiled a new and updated version of the national security strategy.
While the President has said that he hopes that the new strategy will help to give the United States a continued role as showing its commitment to world issues, he also added that this shows that the government intends to remain cautious about foreign policy and possible interventions overseas.
According to a report by Reuters, the 29-page memo to Congress, required under law, broadly outlined Obama’s foreign policy priorities for the final two years of his presidency.
In it Obama described the most pressing challenges of violent extremism, Russian aggression, cyberattacks and climate change and said they were best addressed by mobilizing international coalitions.
Speaking about the security pan President Obama said that the United States needed “strategic patience and persistence” because the country is not in possession of infinite resources to fund military exercises outside the country and he added that he believes that many issues in the world do not need to resort to military interventions to see results and resolutions.
“We must always resist the overreach that comes when we make decisions based upon fear,” Obama said.
In the long run, he said U.S. efforts to counter the ideology behind violent extremism were “more important than our capacity to remove terrorists from the battlefield.”
The report by Reuters said that the document updated a lengthier one issued in 2010, when Obama was only 15 months into the job. Since then, he has been frequently criticized at home and abroad for excess caution.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a frequent Obama critic, said Obama’s approach had led to global chaos and allowed bad actors to flourish, including Islamic State militants, also known as ISIL.
“I doubt ISIL, the Iranian mullahs, or Vladimir Putin will be intimidated by President Obama’s strategy of ‘strategic patience,'” Graham said in a statement
A for the situation in Ukraine and Russia, the US appears to be waiting to see what solutions can be found within Europe itself before stepping in.
“We have not taken a decision yet to up that, the nature of that assistance, to include lethal defensive equipment,” Rice said in a speech at the Brookings Institution think-tank according to Reuters. Any decision would be taken only after consultation with European allies, she said.