Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obama at U.N.: Worst Foreign Policy Ever

The full text is here, "REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY." Plus, check the New York Times, "Obama's Speech to the United Nations General Assembly." There's some rehashing of the global apology tour from earlier this year:
On my first day in office, I prohibited -- without exception or equivocation -- the use of torture by the United States of America. (Applause.) I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law. Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.
Yeah, and how's that going again? Not so great, eh?

See, "
Obama Revives Controversial Guantanamo Rribunals," "Problem of Guantánamo Detainees Returns to Haunt Barack Obama," and "Guantanamo Military Tribunals Likely To Stay Open: Officials."

But hey, whats a bald-faced lie to the entire global community? They just love him! See, "
The UN Loves Barack Obama Because He Is Weak."

And this section of the speech is contradictory:
Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people and in its past traditions. And I admit that America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy. But that does not weaken our commitment; it only reinforces it. There are basic principles that are universal; there are certain truths which are self-evident -- and the United States of America will never waver in our efforts to stand up for the right of people everywhere to determine their own destiny.
Actually, democracy can be imposed from the outside, and it has been: Germany and Japan were totalitarian regimes at the time of World War II. They were defeated and occupied, and are now healthy democratic leaders of the free world.

Leftist love this president despite his failures and his lies. See Democracy Arsenal, "
President Obama Addresses the UNGA"; Taylor Marsh, "Meanwhile at the U.N., Qadhafi Rambles On"; Mother Jones, "Obama Comes Through On Nukes." And related, Andrew Sullivan takes Michael Barone to task, "Michael Barone's Time Warp."

But see the Washington Times, "Worst Foreign Policy Ever":

Tomorrow, President Obama will chair a special nuclear-disarmament meeting by the United Nations Security Council. The White House bills this as a historic first, but it is typical of Mr. Obama's emphasis on style over substance. He will appear before the body with the weakest foreign-policy record of any new U.S. president in recent memory. An around-the-world tour of international hot spots shows that for all the president's lofty rhetoric, he can point to precious few accomplishments.
Read the whole thing at the link. (Via Memeorandum.) Also, at National Review, "Bolton: ‘A Post-American Speech By Our First Post-American President’."