Although few actually watch what occurs in the “chamber” at the United Nations, many seem to eventually here what the President of the United States has to say about the state of the world. Obama’s speech took just under 39 minutes and his topic ranged from ISIL to Ferguson, Missouri. He declined, publicly, to engage Islamic terrorists with American troops, but did acknowledge America has problems of its own.
Those who would defend the President seem to think he is infallible. Many who oppose him typically acknowledge that he is a gifted orator. This speech, however, was line after line of stating the obvious with no solutions proposed at all by the man who is still, presumably, the leader of the free world.
He stated: “Each of these problems demands urgent attention. But they are also symptoms of a broader problem – the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world.” The POTUS is attributing the same cause to ISIL, Putin, and Ebola. Can it be true that lack of international cooperation caused militants to rise up against the world and behead journalists while simultaneously causing Putin to act with agrression toward Ukraine and concurrently create the spread of a deadly virus? The words were delivered eloquently, but is anyone paying attention to what the words mean? What is the President saying?
In speaking for America, he states “For America, the choice is clear. We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort. We reject fatalism or cynicism when it comes to human affairs; we choose to work for the world as it should be, as our children deserve it to be.” Beautiful and inspiring words. How? One must listen to the speech in its entirety to get a true picture of what the President doesn’t offer: solutions or strategies.
Growing discontent with inaction is obvious in the US and abroad. Citizens are crying out for a leader who will take action, or at least define it.
H/T: Washington Post