In the 2010 National Security Strategy, released on May 27, 2010, President Barack Obama wrote: ” ‘the United States must reserve the right to act unilaterally if necessary to defend our nation and our interests, yet we will also seek to adhere to standards that govern the use of force.’ ”

 – David E. Sanger and Peter Baker, “New U.S. Strategy Focuses on Managing Threats,” The New York Times, May 27, 2010