Obama says didnt flunk foreign policy test

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Manila: President Barack Obama has strongly defended his foreign policy record on Monday, arguing that his restrained approach to global problems avoided the type of missteps that contributed to a “disastrous” decade of war for the US.

The president in this trip reassured his Asian allies of the US support against China’s growing assertiveness in territorial disputes. “Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force after we’ve just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget?” Obama said during a news conference in the Philippines. Summing up his foreign policy philosophy, Obama said it was one that “avoids errors.”

White House advisers argue in part that Obama’s approach puts him on the side of a conflict-weary American public, some of whom voted for him in the 2008 election because of his early opposition to the Iraq war.

It was Obama’s own declaration that Syria’s chemical weapons use would cross his “red line” that raised the stakes for a US response when Syrian leader Bashar Assad launched an attack last summer.