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Obama Addresses the World

From President Obama’s speech this morning to the U.N. general assembly:

In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero sum game….No balance of power among nations will hold. The traditional division between nations of the south and north makes no sense in an interconnected world. Nor do alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long gone Cold War.

This is notable for two reasons.

First, it’s a bucket-full of cold water for those convinced that President Obama’s ascent signaled a renaissance of foreign-policy realism in the West Wing. This is a mind invested in the notion of complex interdependence, in which economic and political interconnection softens nations’ concerns about their raw power relative to others. In that sense, on foreign policy Obama is only different from other recent presidents -- even George W. Bush -- in degree rather than type.

Second, the last line is particularly notable for its real-world policy implications. What about America’s continuing trade and travel embargo against Cuba? Other than a few of the configurations among the post-Soviet states, I’m not sure there is an “alignment” more “rooted in the cleavages of a long gone Cold War” that the one America currently maintains with the island nation. The president has already lifted some of the most egregious restrictions. Here’s hoping he goes further.

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 23, 2009; 1:34 PM ET
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He should open up Cuba, buy ethanol, transport Cuban doctors to various city barrios as government run clinics. We could stop corn ethanol subsidies and instead replace them with feed and food corn to use to increase livestock holdings in Afghanistan and Pakistan after a railway to Karachi is built. Afghanistan can have a working economy selling produce and meat tot he enormous market next store with us giving the Afghans the feed corn. The missile shield was a done deal months before anoouncing when the bear let American planes supply Afghanistan from their turf. I think Obama will eventually use the missile shield in Israel as an inducement for a Palestinian State. I think this plan was in place when Hillary was inducted into the cabinet. She has many connections here in the states to influence Israel's Knesset.

Posted by: jameschirico | September 23, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Regardless whether one agrees or disagrees with Obama's speech. Isn't it wonderful, and refreshing, to have a President who's articulate and focused when speaking in public?

Posted by: RobertaHigginbotham | September 24, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Regardless whether one agrees or disagrees with Obama's speech. Isn't it wonderful, and refreshing, to have a President who's articulate and focused when speaking in public?

Posted by: RobertaHigginbotham | September 24, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse
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Not really, Robert. If a President is an articulate and focused proponent of bad policies, isn't that a bad thing? I hear Osama Bin Laden is articulate and focused. Is that something you find wonderful and refreshing?

Posted by: ZZim | September 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Do not question our Dear Leader...just keep drinking the juice. Barry is THE ONE the Palestinians have bene waiting for.. Barry is the ONE that Chavez and Quadaffi and Zelaya and A'jad etc have been waiting for too. Barry thinks just like they do ....radical new world...centered around them..they will control health care, the media, the internet, the banks, the car industry the war machines ....and all subjects will blindly follow and obey for they are the ONES we all have been waiting for...

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | September 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

We will open the door to Cuba, not out of weakness, and -- sadly -- not out of the goodness of our hearts, but to accomplish our ends. Remember the Trojan Horse? Once money begins to roll into Cuba and people start coming and going in significant numbers, the dream of Castro will begin to die.

Posted by: pythonS | September 24, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

When was Obama going to tell us about Irans SECRET 2nd nuclear plant ? Or was he still going to play nicey nicey with them and stupidly believe that Russia will actually go along with sanctions ? There are already sanctions on Iran yet they were able to build another nuke plant without us knowing- Imagine tat - they lied AGAIN. Obama needs to stop this coddling of these Islamic lunatics and get serious. Unfortunately, Israel is the only one with cajones to do something about it. Our President is too busy trying to ram Obamacare down our throats.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | September 25, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't care about Obama's articulateness. I would rather have someone speak the truth in plain simple words than have someone articulate lies and political jargon. When will people in this country finally start caring about real truth again?

Posted by: 10fraziw | September 25, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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