The president’s speech was hopelessly naive in parts, with constant reference to the ideals of the United Nations, despite the world body’s appalling track record from Rwanda to the Balkans, and endless rhetoric about why “peace is hard work”. While extolling the dream of a nuclear-free world, the Iranian nuclear crisis received only a cursory mention from the president, despite the imminent threat of a nuclear-armed genocidal rogue state emerging in the Middle East. There was no indication given today that the Obama administration will stand up to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his relentless drive to build Tehran into a regional superpower. ...
A world without strong American leadership should be unthinkable, but under the current US presidency we already getting a taste of it.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The U.N. Speech
The reviews are in, and they're pretty bad. From the Telegraph's Nile Gardiner: