Speaking to the Naval Academy Commencement on May 24, President Obama “called on graduating Midshipmen, soon to become Naval and Marine Corps officers, to show honor and courage” by helping to end sexual assault in the armed forces.
According to Voice of America coverage, Obama expounded:
Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong. That is why we have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they have got no place in the greatest military on earth.
The president’s speech comes on the heels of his meeting with top military leaders at the White House: a meeting in which “he told them to take steps to end the problem.”
While speaking to the Annapolis grads, Obama also took time to defend his broadened use of unmanned drones “to target alleged terrorists.”
Said Obama: “Even as we move beyond deploying large ground armies abroad, we still need to conduct precise, targeted strikes against terrorists before they kill our citizens.”