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Obama: US must resist urge to 'overreach" abroad

President Barack Obama
Posted at 12:58 PM, Feb 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 12:58:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must resist the urge to "overreach" when it comes to involvement in global crises.

In a new document outlining his national security priorities, the president says the U.S. will always defend its interests and uphold commitments to partners and allies. But he also says the country cannot make decisions out of fear and should not rely on solely on military power.

The strategy outline makes no substantial shifts to U.S. policy toward the Islamic State militants, or in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The president says the threat of a terrorist attack on the U.S. "has diminished but still persists." In combating that threat, Obama says he will continue to shift away from large-scale ground wars and focus instead on targeted counterterrorism operations.