President Obama will deliver the commencement address at West Point later to this month. This is an opportunity, as Gerald F. Seib writes in the Wall Street Journal, for the president to somehow resolve “a giant foreign-policy paradox.”
Namely, how to stay out of messy situations overseas, which seems to be the public’s preference, while at the same time appearing to be strong and decisive and in charge around the globe. Which the people also seem to desire.
The path to a solution begins with this speech as a certain deputy national security advisor explains.
"Frankly, this is not a one-off," says Ben Rhodes … "This is a series of arguments. We all recognize that it's going to take sustained efforts by him and other officials to address the moment that we're in."
So we can now look forward to some first class, extended talk. From, presumably, the president, the vice president, the secretary of state.
With input from the author of the Benghazi talking points.