Friday, September 25, 2009

Hope and Change? No Same Old, Same Old

President Obama's appearance at the United Nations gave him the chance to give yet another speech. This one continues his "apology" tour. He talks about how the U.S. is now a good country because his Administration has "paid our bills" (never mind that the U.S. under the previous Administration remained the largest source of funds for the U.N. of all its members). He also went on to say " we have rejoined the Human Rights Council" (even though it contains such human rights abusers as China, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, and Saudia Arabia -- to mention only a few). And then he goes on to say how the U.S. is now signing more U.N. agreements and signing on to more U.N. goals -- yet more attacks on American sovereignty.

In his speech, he again shows how his narcissism still runs rampant. For he said, "So for those who question the character and cause of my nation, I ask you to look at the concrete actions that we have taken in just nine months. On my first day in office, I prohibited -- without exception or equivocation -- the use of torture . . . I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed . . .America will live its values, and we will lead by example."

In the relatively few words above President Obama shows:

  • a disregard for American security
  • more concern for foreign opinion about Guantanamo than about the need for Guantanamo to protect American citizens and others throughout the world from the threat these terrorists would provide if free
  • a naivete that large numbers at the U.N. will follow the U.S. if we "lead by example"; too many are only interested in their own personal interests and how the unsavory regimes of which they are a part will keep power and wring as much money as possible out of the U.N. and the United States.
The U.N. has shown its true colors too often. The Obama Administration may be truly color blind when it comes to the U.N.

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