Obama Proposes $5bn Anti-Terrorism Fund

Obama: “Not every problem is a nail”

With the American Dollar seemingly on it’s knee’s, where does this “Anti Terror” money come from? Has the Federal Reserve just printed more invisible money for Obama? Because the way I see it, the Country has no money for it’s people, yet has $5 Bn to fund incursions into foreign soil

President Barack Obama has unveiled a $5bn (£3bn) fund to help countries tackle extremists, in a speech outlining his foreign policy doctrine. Speaking at the Military Academy in West Point, New York, the US President said the planned US withdrawal from Afghanistan would enable it to focus on emerging threats from the Middle East and North Africa to South Asia. He said he would ask Congress to support the establishment of a Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund to tackle such threats. Standing by his decision not to intervene militarily in Syria’s civil war, Mr Obama said he aimed to bolster US support for moderate Syrian rebels.

Mr Obama spoke during a graduation ceremony at West Point

“I will work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator,” he said. Mr Obama laid out his argument that modern foreign policy should be rooted in diplomacy rather than intervention. “Here’s my bottom line,” he said, “America must always lead on the world stage. “If we don’t, no one else will. The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership. “But US military action cannot be the only – or even primary – component of our leadership in every instance. “Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.”

Mr Obama defended his approach to the Ukraine crisis

He said that the main threat to the US remains extremists. “For the foreseeable future,” he said, “the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism. “But a strategy that involves invading every country that harbours terrorist networks is naive and unsustainable.”

He also continued to defend his use of drone strikes in countries like Yemen and Somalia, but called for increased transparency on such covert operations. Republicans have criticised Mr Obama’s plan, announced on Tuesday, for the US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the war there formally ends later this year. But he said on Wednesday the US had made much headway in Afghanistan against al Qaeda, and “sustaining this progress depends on the ability of Afghans to do the job”. He also defended his approach to the Ukraine crisis, of seeking to build a multilateral consensus against Russia.

“This isn’t the Cold War,” he said. “Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away. Because of American leadership, the world immediately condemned Russian actions.” Mr Obama also said he would continue to press for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, and place new restrictions how America gathers intelligence, amid the fallout from the NSA leaks. “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fibre of my being,” said the President. “But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law.”

Sky News’ Hannah Thomas-Peter, who is at the West Point speech, said it outlined how the President views the future of US foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Critics have said America has lost face and influence in its dealings with Syria’s leader Bashar al Assad, who remains in power despite crossing Mr Obama’s self-proclaimed “red line” and using chemical weapons on his own people. Opponents are also unhappy about Russian intervention in Ukraine, and China’s threats to its neighbours in the South China Sea. Republicans in particular, feel that under Mr Obama’s stewardship America is becoming increasingly disengaged and is losing the capacity to influence global events.

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