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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a foreign policy vision of "might doing right," arguing that modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership. He told graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that after the nation's "long season of war and divisions about how to move forward," they now would represent America with the duty "not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

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"I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being," he said. "But what makes us exceptional is not flouting international norms and the rule of law; it's our willingness to affirm them through our actions."

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With it's behind?

#1 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-05-28 04:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not while you're at the helm, numbnuts.

#2 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-05-28 04:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Per Obama, cadets now would represent America with the duty "not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

They neglected to publish the next sentence of the speech... "After receiving your diploma please walk in a straight orderly line towards the awaiting aircrafts. Good Luck in Syria! Kill an Arab for the homeland. God bless."

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-05-28 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

America wants to always lead. To this end it has spent exorbitant amounts of money on the military. This spending spree depends on maintaining the dollar as a global reserve currency. BRIC aims to change that.

Real leadership includes fairness that even a child understands and demands. Saving Private Ryan is one example of this principle in action, which our Government has abandoned. Our leaders have set us on an unsustainable path for short term gains by a privileged 0.01% minority.

#4 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-05-28 04:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being," he said. "But what makes us exceptional is not flouting international norms and the rule of law; it's our willingness to affirm them through our actions."

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I could list the wars of imperial aggression, the treaties designed to expand its power no matter the consequences to the indigenous populations(native Americans come to mind; first of many), the police state policies back in the homeland. But really what is the point? Both parties are nothing more than plastic wrap for fascist mercantilism, as are it's bought proponents.

#5 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-28 05:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's nice to know that American exceptionalism is cool again. It was nearly a swear word (phrase?) during the 2012 election.

#6 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-05-28 05:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd rather we led by example of how to mind our own business.

#7 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-28 05:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

""I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being," he said."

That's retarded.

#8 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-28 05:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

No doubt Hillary agrees with all that bullsh#t.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-28 05:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

"i believe in american exceptionalism with every fiber of my being..."

too much fiber leads to ideological diahrrea containing potentially fatal undigested chunks of hubris.

#10 | Posted by nerfherder at 2014-05-28 05:42 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 3

"But what makes us exceptional is not flouting international norms and the rule of law; it's our willingness to affirm them through our actions."*

*Except drones. We do whatever we want with those. And spying. Rules don't apply to us there either. And banking. Actually just ignore what I said before.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-28 06:15 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

No doubt Hillary agrees with all that bullsh#t.

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It has been the policy of the American empire since the Spanish/American war. Peruse some declassified foreign policy documents some time. They read like an emperor dictating to the rest of humanity on how to behave. Many nation/states are denied existence outright.

#12 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-28 06:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

So should we comment on the speech someone wrote for him or what he will really do?

Because the speech has no connection with the real world.

#13 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-05-28 07:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Because the speech has no connection with the real world."

The "real world" depends on the United States so much more than you realize. Not always perfect but without the U.S. there would be no power capable of defending the free world from Russian or Chinese empires. Wake up, the empires you should fear are not American empires, it is the empires of huge nations rising from humiliation in the and 80'sand 90's, angry at those who were not humiliated and determined to punish the nation that defeated their "religion" of Communism even though, at least their leaders do understand now that their religion was at the heart of their demise.
American leadership is still and will be increasingly so, the most important thing to the EU, Japan, many parts of Asia, S. America, Africa, Australia, and even the middle east. The militarization and uber-nationalism has just begun, we have two angry empires ready to take on what they consider to be their oppressor and we better be ready.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-28 07:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

After GWB was elected there came a point I couldn't stand to hear his voice or speeches. I'm at the same point with Obama. This is the outcome from knowing full well that the "speaker" is an utter phoney, i.e. one that speaks but acts totally differently.

#15 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-28 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

After GWB was elected there came a point I couldn't stand to hear his voice or speeches. I'm at the same point with Obama. This is the outcome from knowing full well that the "speaker" is an utter phoney, i.e. one that speaks but acts totally differently.

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Since ww1 at least. The difference is that the internet allows people to talk about it. Before the fascist media lied about it without rebuttal on the world stage.

#16 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-28 09:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

We have the best followers that money can buy

#17 | Posted by TrainingForTool at 2014-05-28 10:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

arguing that modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership.

This clown proved long ago he is spineless. Our adversaries laugh at him when he talks about American strength and power. He way overplayed that losing hand a long time ago.

#18 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-29 03:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

*Except drones. We do whatever we want with those. And spying. Rules don't apply to us there either. And banking. Actually just ignore what I said before.

#11 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2014-05-28 06:15 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

That would be funny if it weren't so sad. Sadly this is what 'Murica has become.

I gave it a funny flag though.

#19 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-29 09:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

Not always perfect but without the U.S. there would be no power capable of defending the free world from Russian or Chinese empires.

We defend the world from the Chinese empire by sending them over 1/2 a trillion dollars per year for their cheap slave labor crap.

Some defense.

#20 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-29 09:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

#14 | POSTED BY DANNI

Well said.

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-05-29 10:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

Wars are always created by ego maniac politicians who use the power of the media to convince average people to hate each other.

We need to become very concerned about political operatives and those who own the media constantly finding issues that they use to stir the pot and create animosity between neighbors and average people. If you take note the media and politicians thrive on fostering discord among the public. They see their mission as dividing us, not uniting us.

We should all fear that someday these elites will use this fostered build up of the American divide against us so they can create the same turmoil and anarchy we see in Syria and Ukraine. They will use that just as they used 9-11 to spy, to create tyranny and use it as an excuse. There is only a thread of civility that keeps us together.

#22 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-29 02:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Obama frightens me more than our foreign enemies because the Obama-media and the Obama-Republicans protect him and hide his real agenda. This guy is destroying our country and no one is paying attention!

#23 | Posted by BecciH at 2014-05-29 07:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

Seems to me he got a cool reception from the future second louies. His speech was all over the map. Must have been written by a bunch of dopes.

#24 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-29 08:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Excuse me. That would be red, doper, diaper babies as savage would say.

#25 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-29 08:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yep he contradicted the speech he gave in the UK where he said he did not believe in American exceptionalism.

Then He came out for the sea treaty which would put the UN in charge of the oceans but not just that it will give American water to the UN.

Under this treaty the Navy would have to get permission from the UN to sail. Even fishing boats would be under UN control and you bet they will be taxes and fishing will be regulated by the UN.

Obama says top generals like the treaty. Really who are they they need to be fired.

#26 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-05-29 11:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

tma, little o has a truck load of straw men and he just has one of his bottom feeders pull one out every hour.

#27 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-30 09:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

We defend the world from the Chinese empire by sending them over 1/2 a trillion dollars per year for their cheap slave labor crap.

Some defense.

#20 | Posted by 726

We also give them foreign aid along with russia.

#28 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-30 09:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

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