President Obama lays out plans to combat global terrorism during West Point commencement address

President Obama laid out plans to combat global terrorism in his commencement address at West Point this morning. The president was applauded after telling the

The speech outlined a new foreign policy framework

The speech outlined a new foreign policy framework that stresses cooperation with allies.

WOODBURY - President Obama laid out plans to combat global terrorism in his commencement address at West Point this morning.

The president was applauded after telling the Class of 2014 that it is the first since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The speech outlined a new foreign policy framework that stresses cooperation with allies, but noted that there still would be times when the U.S. must go it alone.

President Obama said he wants to set aside $5 billion to help other countries fight terrorism, including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. The money would also expend the Defense Department's capabilities.

Obama said he will continue to "take direction action" by ordering drone strikes and capture operations against terror suspects "when necessary to protect ourselves."

The speech came as the White House is pushing back against critics who contend that the president's approach to global problems has been too cautious and has emboldened adversaries.

The president plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends, and nearly all of them would be out by the end of 2016. Critics, including Seaford Congressman Peter King and Sen. John McCain, say the move is short-sighted and gives the enemy the opportunity to plan their strategy.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau Fire Officials say 2 people had to 1 2 hospitalized after car hit brick pillar in Port Washington
Brian Conners, 25, was killed Saturday while snowboarding 2 Smithtown H.S. East mourns loss of assistant football coach
The fire ripped through the home on Gardiner 3 Home under construction gutted by flames in Bay Shore
Officials say the woman was searched and 4 Sheriff: Woman caught smuggling drugs to inmate at Nassau Jail
The Jewish center located on Neil Court in 5 Oceanside Jewish center opens despite bomb threat

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE