In his last scheduled national security address as president, Barack Obama spoke of the importance, as well as the limits, of military power in the fight against violent extremism.

In order to counter terrorism most effectively, it is necessary, he said, to take a long view of the terrorist threat, and … pursue a smart strategy that can be sustained.

One key component, President Obama said, is drawing on the strength of our diplomacy. Terrorists, he noted, would love for us to withdraw from building international coalitions, which, over the past few years, have proved critically important:

We’ve rolled back Iran’s nuclear program…

We’ve secured nuclear materials around the globe, reducing the risk that they fall into the hands of terrorists.

We’ve eliminated Syria’s declared chemical weapons program.

All of these steps have helped keep us safe and helped keep our troops safe.

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