The president visited the Pentagon, where he outlined his position on national defense issues
U.S. President Joe Biden pledged that he would not hesitate to use force to defend America’s “vital interests,” but stressed that force should be used only as a “last resort.”
Biden outlined his views on U.S. national defense strategy during a visit to the Pentagon on Wednesday.
“As your commander-in-chief, I will not hesitate to use force to protect the vital interests of the American people and our allies around the world when necessary,” Biden said.
“But I believe that force should be used as a last resort, not a first resort,” he added.
Biden said he is determined to work with leaders around the world to “responsibly end wars that have dragged on too long.”
At the same time, he stressed that it is important to make sure that terrorist threats do not endanger the American people.
Pentagon officials recently questioned the Taliban’s commitment to peace in Afghanistan, citing the group’s ongoing attacks on the Afghan government. This attitude, they said, called into question the continuation of U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The president also spoke of the need to strengthen American alliances around the world. “We can better project our military power when we strengthen our power through alliances,” he said.
Biden said it is critical to “rethink and re-prioritize” U.S. security to meet the challenges of this century.
“We need to explore the dangers and opportunities posed by new technologies, expand our capabilities in cyberspace, position ourselves for leadership in the new era of competition – from the deep sea to space,” Biden said. – We must also respond to China’s growing challenges to keep the peace and protect our interests in the Indo-Pacific and globally.
At the same time, the president expressed confidence that the U.S. “will meet China’s challenges and ensure that the American people win in future competition.”
Biden announced Wednesday the formation of a special working group within the Defense Department to immediately begin reviewing U.S. military strategy regarding threats from Beijing.
The president gave the working group four months to assess the current situation so that the U.S. “can chart way forward on China-related issues.”
In listing the challenges, Biden did not mention Russia among them.
He called the U.S. military “the best fighting force in the history of the world” and promised to respect and honor the men who wear the military uniform.
“You are incredible heroes and incredible patriots,” Biden said. – “I will never, ever tarnish you, I will always respect you and I will never politicize your work.