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The Challenge in Obama’s West Point Speech

President Obama’s commencement address at West Point on Wednesday offers a chance for the administration to recharge its national security vision at a time when much of its international agenda seems stalled and critics, including some of us sympathetic to the administration, have raised concerns.

Mr. Obama is not likely to move the needle with the foreign policy commentariat. But at times of uncertainty, many still look to the American president to outline a set of ideas about how to lead in an era of global change.

What matters most is whether the speech motivates actions by other countries and whether members of Congress work with the administration on its national security agenda.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Wall Street Journal.