President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly is possibly the most gangsta prose ever uttered by a sitting American President.
In the President’s own words, but with my added emphasis:
let me take this opportunity to outline what has been U.S. policy towards the Middle East and North Africa, and what will be my policy during the remainder of my presidency.
The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region.
On those bad aggressors:
We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War.
We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends upon the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.
We will dismantle terrorist networks that threaten our people. Wherever possible, we will build the capacity of our partners, respect the sovereignty of nations, and work to address the root causes of terror. But when its necessary to defend the United States against terrorist attacks, we will take direct action.
And about those cursed WMDs:
And finally, we will not tolerate the development or use of weapons of mass destruction. Just as we consider the use of chemical weapons in Syria to be a threat to our own national security, we reject the development of nuclear weapons that could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region, and undermine the global non-proliferation regime.
Damn. Talk about keepin’ it really-real…!
Obama just told the UN that the United States runs the Middle East, including the weapons AND the oil flow. All the President had to say next was “Starting tomorrow, we’re gonna run the ho[oker]s too!” and I would’ve yelled “Goldie!!”
If you think I’m exaggerating, let Russian President Vladimir Putin make an Obama-style speech about North America. (Laughing) Or how about Cameroonian President Paul Biya talk about protecting his interests in America…
Up to now, I’m not sure that any sitting American President openly admitted how unobstructed access to abundant quantities of inexpensive Middle Eastern oil is not only critical to the existence of Western capitalism, but throwing down is well worth the cost of this access.
My bet is that Obama was sending a backhanded threat to Iran, should the Islamic Republic hold any thoughts about closing the Strait of Hormuz.
Shoot, I think much of Obama’s speech was directed at Iran, but I also think five years in office made our President a bit tired of putting up a front.
I found Obama’s acknowledgement of the CIA’s role in ousting Iran’s democratically-elected Mohammad Mossadegh was interesting, although the coup operation is no longer a secret…
For all of Obama’s realness this week, he left out a few details – other than not apologizing for that 1953 coup or its role in helping the Iraqis gas Iranians.
Here’s an example – The US has supported terrorist organizations during this decade for the purpose of giving the Iranian regime problems. What’s equally worse, the US official list of terrorist organizations seem to change with the political convenience of the moment.
Speaking of the latter and WMDs, has Obama’s gang investigated the Saudi intelligence‘s role in helping the Syrian rebels obtain chemical weapons?
BTW – inserting a virus in a nuclear power plant is more than just dangerous. Uh, whoever did it…
I’m sure Obama and Iran President Hassan Rouhani will have plenty of real talk to share, should those two ever meet…
song currently stuck in my head: “can i hold you to it” – lorraine johnson