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Obama, at West Point, plays down military power, emphasizes diplomacy
Obama, at West Point, plays down military power, emphasizes diplomacy

President Obama praised the potential of American leadership around the globe on Wednesday while laying out a new definition of that term, downplaying military might and emphasizing diplomacy, alliances and the will to “lead by example.” Standing before a crowd of 1,000 new Army officers at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony in West Point, N.Y., Obama commissioned them to be part of a team that extends beyond the armed forces to include diplomats and development experts. “America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will,” Obama told the cadets. “The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the...

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