The trust of the speech, as reported by The WashPost is that things are going to be different when the new National Security Strategy (NSS) is issued shortly. Here is the key paragraph:
The administration is set to officially release the president's first national security strategy next week, and Obama's preview on Saturday suggests it will be far different than the first one offered by his predecessor in 2002. In that prior document, President George W. Bush formally called for a policy of preemptive war and a "distinctly American internationalism."One of the things I liked was that the President is calling for civilians to do more—ordinary citizens of these United States:
But he said civilians must answer the call of service as well, by securing America's economic future, educating its children and confronting the challenges of poverty and climate change. He said the country must always pursue what he called the "universal rights" rooted in the Constitution.I am looking forward to looking at the speech and at the new NSS.
"We will promote these values above all by living them—through our fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it's hard; and through our commitment to forever pursue a more perfect union," he said.
Regards — Cliff