OBAMA At The UN:  I Won’t Hesitate To Use Force (Video)

OBAMA At The UN: I Won’t Hesitate To Use Force (Video)

President Barack Obama in his Monday address at the United Nations:

“I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known. And I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies—unilaterally and by force—when necessary,” he said. “But I stand before you today believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion—we cannot look backwards.”

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President Barack Obama called for a modern approach to the world’s problems in his Monday address at the United Nations.

“I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known. And I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies—unilaterally and by force—when necessary,” he said. “But I stand before you today believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion—we cannot look backwards.”

While also referencing Syria and China, Obama focused much of his address on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

Criticizing Moscow’s actions in the ongoing civil war in Ukraine, the U.S. president said the situation would be better for Russians and Ukrainians alike if Putin had pursued a peaceful strategy.

“Imagine if instead Russia had engaged in true diplomacy and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected—that would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the World,” Obama said.

He also echoed comments from last week, saying that the U.S. is similarly pushing for China to resolve territorial disputes with its neighbors in the South China Sea because “like every nation gathered here, we have an interest in upholding the basic principles of freedom of navigation and the free-flow of commerce, and in resolving disputes through international law, not the law of force.”

Recognizing that diplomacy is a difficult process, with often unsatisfying outcomes, Obama argued that powerful countries have an imperative to pursue these tactics.

“Leaders of large nations, in particular, have an obligation to take these risks—precisely because we are strong enough to protect our interests if and when diplomacy fails,” he said.

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