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Obama Cites U.S. Diplomatic Goals in State of the Union Address

Obama Cites U.S. Diplomatic Goals in State of the Union Address

Obama at podium with Biden and House speaker behind him, with people seated below (AP Images)

In a world of complex threats, American “security and leadership depends on all elements of our power — including strong and principled diplomacy,” President Obama told the nation in his 2014 State of the Union address January 28.

In a speech that focused heavily on domestic issues, the president also cited U.S. diplomatic leadership on preventing nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands, the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and support for “Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in difficult but necessary talks to end the conflict there.”

Of America’s involvement in Afghanistan, the president said U.S. troops have moved to a support role. “Together with our allies, we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and America’s longest war will finally be over.”

U.S. leadership, the president said, “is defined not just by our defense against threats, but by the enormous opportunities to do good and promote understanding around the globe — to forge greater cooperation, to expand new markets, to free people from fear and want.”