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Obama opposes large-scale military deployments overseas

English.news.cn   2014-01-29 13:52:02

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) waves after delivering the State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress as Vice President Joe Biden (L) and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner applaud on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Jan. 28, 2014. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday night voiced his opposition to large-scale military deployments overseas, promising to seek diplomatic means to ensure U.S. leadership and security.

"I will not send our troops into harm's way unless it's truly necessary," the president told a joint session of Congress in his annual State of the Union address.

"We must fight the battles that need to be fought, not those that terrorists prefer from us -- large-scale deployments that drain our strength and may ultimately feed extremism," he added.

As commander-in-chief, Obama said, he has used force to protect the American people and will never hesitate to do so during his office, but he "strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on our military alone."

"Even as we aggressively pursue terrorist networks ...America must move off a permanent war footing," he said.

Obama hailed American diplomacy as a strong force behind the country's security and leadership, contending that it is through diplomatic means that Syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated and Iran's nuclear program have been halted.

"In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power -- including strong and principled diplomacy," the president said.

Obama also called on Congress to lift restrictions on transferring detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay so that it can be closed this year.

"We counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our constitutional ideals, and setting an example for the rest of the world," he said.

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