Obama on West Point: “International order” to promote democratic values

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

American President Barack Obama pledged to shape new “international order” as a part of his national security strategy that emphasizes his belief in global institutions and America’s role in promoting democratic values around the world. In his speech to the graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point President Obama said that he as a commander in chief who is leading two foreign wars wants to express his faith in cooperation and partnership for future in confrontation with economic, military and environmental challenges of the future.

“The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times. Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds”, he said in prepared remarks.

Obama’s administration is getting ready for next week scheduled release of first president’s national security strategy; preview released on Saturday is showing that Obama’s strategy will be far different than the last Bush’s strategy released in 2002.

As is was expected Obama has spoken lot frequently about new world alliances led by America, as one of way to improve America’s image abroad badly damaged by Bush policies in early 2000’s. He’s vision in to pursue national renewal and to build new global partnership.

“Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system. But America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of international cooperation. We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice — so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don’t.”, he said on West Point.

High on list of Obama’s priorities is Afghanistan and according to media reports Obama believes that military will have enough ability to succeed in Afghanistan; but he is still concern about Afghan future and ability to fight alone against Taliban’s and other extremists. Other concern’s of Obama administration are connected to Afghan ability to succeed in revitalization and reconstruction of country after foreign forces are deployed from the country.

Some of those doubts Obama will discuss next month on G8/G20 meetings in Canada, but also he will try to improve his relations with European allies on the road to better future of Afghanistan, is also expected that he will brought up questions regarding actions and future strategies regarding Iraq and Haiti.


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