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President Unveils Anti-Terror Fund During West Point Address

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President Obama delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this morning where he introduced a new, $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries fight radical extremists.

Obama said the plan will give the U.S. the flexibility to fight terrorism in its more current, less centralized form.

"For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism. But a strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is naive and unsustainable. I believe we must shift our counter-terrorism strategy – drawing on the successes and shortcomings of our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan – to more effectively partner with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold," Obama said.

Obama also laid out broad foreign policy principles like using force when necessary, but relying heavily on diplomacy.

He emphasized a commitment to working with multinational organizations like NATO and the UN and said America's commitment to democracy and human rights around the world is a matter of national security.

The president's speech comes a day after he announced that virtually all U.S. troops will be removed from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. But he says some troops will remain to train Afghan forces and support counter terrorism initiatives. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP