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Obama Reinforces Security Message At Annapolis

President Obama again made his case that closing Guantanamo Bay is the right move, saying that Americans "reject the false choice between our security and our ideals."

"As our national debate on how to deal with the security challenge that we face proceeds, we must remember this enduring truth: The values and ideals in those documents are not simply words written into aging parchment, they are the bedrock of our liberty and our security," Obama told the graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. "We uphold our fundamental principles and values not just because we choose to, but because we swear to; not because they feel good, but because they help keep us safe and keep us true to who we are."

Obama's third and final commencement speech was, by tradition, at one of the military service academies. And there, the commander in chief also promised only to send these men and women into battle "when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy and the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support that you need to get the job done."

He also payed special tribute to the work of Navy SEALs in last month's high-risk rescue of Captain Phillips, held hostage by pirates off the Somali coast.