Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 7:51
Obama warns US must not rush to war
President Barack Obama mounted a defiant defence of his global leadership, rebuking critics who see him as weak but warning that not every global threat justifies a US military response.
In a major speech at the West Point military academy, Obama denied US power had ebbed under his watch, after he withdrew troops from Iraq and as he does the same in Afghanistan.
He also pledged to ramp up support for Syrian rebels, vowed to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and promised to make drone strikes against terror suspects more transparent.
He vowed to hold China accountable to international "rules of the road" in the South China Sea and elsewhere.