OBAMA PROMISES A NEW WORLD ORDER AT MILITARY ACADEMY GRADUATION
By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
May 25, 2010
On Saturday, President Barack Obama took center stage during graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2010 and preached his message for the creation of a new “international order” to about 1,000 new officers.
President Obama pledged to shape a new, international order based on global cooperation and partnerships that address not just military, but also economic and environmental challenges.
While making his comments to men and women very likely to serve and command in Iraq, Afghanistan or other theaters of the Global War on Terrorism, Obama stressed the differences between his warfighting strategy and that of his predecessor, President George W. Bush.
Right out of the gate, President Obama made certain to distinguish Bush’s foreign policy as a “go-it-alone” approach. Obama told the graduating cadets, “The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead.”
Obama told the cadets, family members and guests that “all hands are required to solve the world’s newest threats: terrorism, the spread of nuclear weapons, climate change and feeding and caring for a growing population.”
“The burdens of this century cannot fall on our soldiers alone. It also cannot fall on American shoulders alone,” the Commander in Chief said during his speech. Diplomacy and muscle must work together, he said in calling for “renewed engagement” from diplomats, along with development experts, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and first responders.
As usual, while seeking an end to vitriol and the harshness of politic rhetoric today, Obama could not resist taking a swipe at former President George W. Bush.
The president claimed his predecessor used a “my way or the highway” approach, and claimed Bush alienated some allies and damaged U.S. standing around the world — something Obama is working to correct.
Obama said Saturday that he aimed to do that by forging new alliances, maintaining old ones and helping to shape stronger international standards and institutions.
At the same time, Obama said the U.S. will fight to protect “those universal rights that formed the creed of our founding” and will lead by example by staying true to the rule of law and the Constitution, “even when it’s hard, even when we’re being attacked, even when we’re in the midst of war.”