Monday, May 24, 2010

Point of Order on the New World Order

It's understandable that the Leader of the Free World would prefer to be a transformative figure first and worry less about the day-to-day aspects of running the country. And it's also been clear that one of the primary animating principles of the Obama administration is to be, decisively, Not the Bush Administration.

So the President went to West Point and addressed the graduating seniors of the United States Military Academy. And what did he say?

"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," he said. "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."

I'm curious about this, because Obama seems to imply that sanctions are forthcoming against rogue states. As it happens, the countries that this administration has been most tough on are Great Britain, Israel and Honduras. I would be curious to find out how precisely the President and his team feel these countries have not met their responsibilities. Wouldn't you?


CousinDan54915 said...

Mr. D:

Please don't bring logic into all this, please! He says what the teleprompter says.

Mr. D said...

Sorry, Dan -- bad habit on my part.