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President Obama made the case for foreign assistance as the key to engaging countries with radical elements. He identified education, strong economic activity, and growing entrepreneurship as the key factors that would reduce radicalization in troubled countries in Africa and Middle East.

He acknowledges that foreign assistance always has been the least favored expenditure. Diplomatic engagement would mitigate threats to Americans overseas and would prevent aggressive actions like Benghazi, according to President Obama. America's ability to support troubled countries is a counter-terrorism tactic that serves as a long-term strategy for President Obama.