Obama agonising on America’s global role, continued ~ Mark Mardell, North America editor, BBC.
President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations was in some ways a distillation of his policy swerves of the last month, a continuation of his public agonising about America’s role in the world.
And that is not necessarily a bad thing.
It won’t be what is most talked about, for there were enough headlines:
- His demand for a “strong” UN resolution with “consequences” if Syria fails to act on chemical weapons
- His urging that Iran and Russia should abandon Syrian PresidentBashar al-Assad
- Putting the Middle East peace process on equal footing with Iran’s nuclear programme in the list of US diplomatic concerns
- His warm words of hope towards Iran, and the possibility of a negotiated solution to the crises that have loomed over the world
There is a lot of red meat to be…
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