Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close.
The president will make the case for that seemingly more limited approach during a commencement address Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, his third visit in as many weeks to New York state.
The speech will come amid growing frustration in the White House with Republicans and other critics who contend that Obama has weakened America’s standing around the world and faltered on problems across the Middle East and in Russia, China and elsewhere.
“In a world where no one will lead except America, he has abdicated and surrendered much of the leadership,” said Aaron David Miller, a Middle East adviser to Republican and Democratic administrations.
The speech comes exactly a year after Obama said that the war on terror ended.