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US to continue using military force unilaterally: Obama

May 28, 2014

During a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said Washington would continue to use military force unilaterally "when our core interests demand it.”

On the Syrian conflict, Obama promised to work with Congress to increase America's support for the foreign-backed insurgents fighting against the Syrian government.

Obama’s announcement came amid reports that Washington plans to start training militants in a secret base in Qatar to attack Syrian government troops and vehicles.

Speaking to graduates from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, the US president also defended Pentagon’s deadly drone strikes in several countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. But he vowed more transparency in this regard.

International reports show that US drone strikes abroad mainly lead to huge civilian casualties.

Commenting on Iran’s nuclear energy program, Obama reiterated that Washington reserves all options to “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” referring to the war option. He also said there's an opportunity to resolve problems with Tehran peacefully.

Iran has been negotiating with the United States and five other countries – France, Germany, Britain, Russian and China – over its nuclear energy program. Authorities in Tehran have let UN inspectors visit all Iranian nuclear facilities in a goodwill gesture. However, Washington and its European allies insist that Tehran might intend to pursue a military program, an allegation Iranians strongly reject.

Obama’s speech was aimed at defending his administration’s foreign policy strategies, which have come under increasing criticism from Republicans who say America’s global influence has diminished as a result of those weak policies.

The president's speech came one day after he outlined plans to wind down America's longest running war in Afghanistan by the end of 2016. The plan calls for keeping 9,800 troops in Afghanistan for training and counterterrorism even after combat missions end later this year.

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US foreign policy ‘contributes to extremism’

May 29, 2014

The foreign policy of the US government has “contributed to extremism” around the world and caused the country to “lose its reputation,” a foreign policy analyst in Washington says.

“America has lost some of its reputation over the last couple of decades in terms of what it considers to be the right thing to do, which in the eyes of some other people is not at all the right thing to do and that generates or contributes to extremism,” said Edward Peck, former US Ambassador to Mauritania.

“I can offer examples: some of the support that the United States government has given to organizations that are trying to overthrow a government, at least in the eyes of that government, would be considered political extremism,” said Peck, who was also the US Chief of Mission in Iraq from 1977 to 1980.

This foreign policy strategy is nothing more than “selective morality which is really hypocrisy,” Peck told Press TV in a phone interview on Wednesday.

He made the comments as he expressed skepticism over a new initiative by the Obama administration to set up a $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries push back against radical extremists.

“This is not something that’s going to be easy or quick or simple and it probably is not going to be terribly effective because when you make efforts of that kind quite often, in the short run at least, you generate more extremism than there was when you started,” he noted.

“I also question whether or not the United States is capable of playing a leadership role in this program or a program of that kind.”

The new $5 billion fund to confront terrorism, announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, is part of President Barack Obama’s new approach to explain his foreign policy strategies after becoming frustrated that they are misunderstood and criticized.

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