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Wed Sep 25, 2013, 02:15 PM

7. "President Obama's speech at the UN was truly amazing."

Donna Brazile ✔ @donnabrazile

President Obama's speech at the UN was truly amazing. Complex, concise, pragmatic and substantive. #ObamaDoctrine. He defined US interests.4:56 AM - 24 Sep 2013

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Michael Tomasky: Obama’s U.N. Speech

The Iran section will get the most press, and for understandable reasons: he publicly directed John Kerry to start talking with Iran and President Hassan Rouhani. That’s new and bold and risky, and he should be applauded for it….

…. What interested me even more …. he said that the danger is not that the United States is these days too aggressively interventionist or imperialist. Rather, he said, the “danger” (yes, danger) is that a war-weary United States may “disengage,” leaving a “vacuum” in global affairs that would be filled by others.

…. I kind of liked hearing this, although I doubt most liberals did. But it’s the right posture. One of Obama’s biggest historical jobs is to persuade the American public after Iraq and Afghanistan (as soon as Afghanistan is over, that is) that retreat from a global role, which is not a euphemism for military action but includes active and aggressive diplomacy, would be a grave error….



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