The president will deliver his speech on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama plans to outline his foreign policy strategy during a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday, according to a Reuters report.
Obama will use this opportunity to outline his plans for second-term foreign policy efforts in light of criticism regarding his perceived lack of presence and strength in world affairs.
According to a White House official cited by CNN, “There’s a lot at stake and now is the right time for this speech.”
This comment referenced recent hot-button foreign policy issues such as chemical attacks in Syria, the NSA and Edward Snowden, and the state of affairs in Syria and Ukraine. His address at West Point will become a platform for a renewed vision as Obama seeks to outline a cohesive policy that is “both interventionalist and internationalist, but not isolationist or unilateral.”
Obama hopes to define a policy that will promote a new evolution of foreign affairs as the country moves out of a period of war. The next two-and-a-half years are critical for Obama as Americans have consistently reported feeling “underwhelmed” with his performance on the world stage, according to Politico. Regardless of the country’s perception, they do not currently endorse American intervention.
The president will have a significant challenge in front of him on Wednesday as he seeks to not only outline his strategy, but explain the real-world application of his foreign policy approach.
“The thing that concerns me the most is that we are kind of bouncing from issue to issue without a clear articulation of what the national security interest of the United States actually is,” former Democratic Senator Jim Webb said last week in an interview on “The Diane Rehm Show.”