Obama defines U.S. foreign policy
On Tuesday, President Obama addressed the United Nations general assembly concerning the current Syrian civil war and outlined where the United States stands on the issue. As in previous speeches, he said that the U.S. will not tolerate any nation to use chemical weapons, especially against its own people. And, as we all know, Russia along with the U.N. Security Council formed a resolution for Syria to give up their weapons stockpile, and that the Syrian government has already taken a major step in giving a full account of their stockpile.
Interestingly, Obama went on to define current U.S. foreign policy for the Middle East and North Africa. He stated:
“The situation in Syria mirrors a contradiction that has persisted in the region for decades: the United States is chastised for meddling in the region, and accused of having a hand in all manner of conspiracy; at the same time, the United States is blamed for failing to do enough to solve the region’s problems, and for showing indifference toward suffering Muslim populations…
“Let me take this opportunity to outline what has been U.S. policy towards the Middle East and North Africa…The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region.
“(1) We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War.
“(2) We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends upon the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.
“(3) We will dismantle terrorist networks that threaten our people. Wherever possible, we will build the capacity of our partners, respect the sovereignty of nations, and work to address the root causes of terror. But when its necessary to defend the United States against terrorist attacks, we will take direct action.
“(4) And finally, we will not tolerate the development or use of weapons of mass destruction. Just as we consider the use of chemical weapons in Syria to be a threat to our own national security, we reject the development of nuclear weapons that could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region, and undermine the global non-proliferation regime.”
This is how our military operates in the world. The second policy openly states that we are the world police for the global economy. The fourth policy justifies it.
It is a strange world we live in, indeed. The only other option is the Ron Paul way: for the military to turn profoundly inward and minimize, along with the federal government as a whole. Whether this is a viable option or not is still being discussed. But, it is an option that should seriously be considered.
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