Obama seeks to reframe foreign policy as war ends
26 May 2014, 13:49
Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan — President Barack Obama's surprise trip to Afghanistan Sunday marked the start of a concerted White House effort that aims to answer some questions about his foreign policy philosophy beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The ongoing Syrian conflict and Russia's actions in Ukraine have raised questions about how the U.S. can credibly threaten consequences against international foes when Obama so clearly wants to stay out of another war.
Officials say Obama will continue to take a proactive approach to counterterrorism operations the U.S. can undertake on its own, including drone strikes in places like Pakistan and Yemen. But he's also expected to emphasize his desire to have some measure of international consensus when large-scale military options are on the table.