May 28 - President Barack Obama indicates in a broad foreign policy speech that the U.S. must contribute more in Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.
In front of the graduating class of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, President Barack Obama hinted that as the U.S. changes its role in Afghanistan, more attention would be paid elsewhere. In his address, he cited the ongoing crisis in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "As frustrating as it is, there are no easy answers - no military solution that can eliminate the terrible suffering anytime soon." The conflict in Syria has killed more than 160,000 people and forced millions to flee into neighboring countries. Obama defended his decision not to put American troops on the ground, but said more must and will be done. To do so, he announced a $5 billion plan to help train partner countries on security initiatives to battle extremists, such as those in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "With the additional resources I'm announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria's neighbors - Jordan and Lebanon; Turkey and Iraq - as they host refugees, and confront terrorists working across Syrian borders. I will work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator." Obama has been under fire among some members of Congress for not doing more in Syria.