W.H.: To Understand ‘Don’t Do Stupid Stuff’ Policy, Read Obama’s West Point Speech

‘I’m not sure anyone in this room would contest that doing stupid stuff is a good idea’

SCHULTZ: “I’m not sure anyone in this room would contest that doing stupid stuff is a good idea. But I also don't think anyone at the White House would assert that that is how we would describe our approach to foreign policy… Just because we have the best hammer, doesn't mean that we have to hit every nail. And so I think that the President has taken a thoughtful, deliberate approach to these issues. He laid out his general guidelines in that speech. I would refer you there. But our bottom line is the United States will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, and when our core interests demand it. And of course, most recently you’ve heard the President talk about our willingness to act on behalf of human dignity, and America’s support for democracy and human rights goes beyond idealism. As the President said, it’s part of our charge.” 

Video files
Full
Compact
Audio files
Full
Compact
Similar stories
AP Reporter Julie Pace: Obama's West Point Speech Was 'Odd'
Krauthammer: Obama’s West Point Speech ‘Literally Pointless’
Obama Says He ‘Anticipated’ the Rise of an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
Rollins: Hillary Smart To Distance Herself from Obama’s ‘Don’t Do Stupid Stuff’ Policy
O’Donnell: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Stuff’ Is the ‘Single Best Organizing Principle’ for America