Obama pledges 'new' world order

Obama declared the United States cannot act alone in the world as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Obama pledges 'new' world order

President Barack Obama declared on Saturday the United States cannot act alone in the world as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

US must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, Obama said.

Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, many of whom will likely head to invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan under his command, Obama said, "the U.S. military is the “cornerstone of our national defense.”

"Bbut he added that the men and women who wear America’s uniform cannot bear that responsibility themselves. “The rest of us must do our part,” he said.

“The burdens of this century cannot fall on our soldiers alone. It also cannot fall on American shoulders alone,” the commander-in-chief told graduates in gray and white uniforms seated on the field at Michie Stadium.

Diplomacy and muscle must work together, Obama said in calling for “renewed engagement” from diplomats, along with development experts, intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, and first responders.

Obama said, the United States is “clear-eyed” about the shortcoming of the international system, but he said America had not ever been successful by “stepping out of the currents of cooperation.”

“We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice, so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities and face the consequences when they don’t,” the president said.

Bush’s my-way-or-the-highway approach alienated some allies and damaged U.S. standing around the world.

What followed was the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq despite the lack of formal U.N. authorization.

Obama has promised to restore America’s reputation, and he said on Saturday that he aimed to do that by forging new alliances, maintaining old ones and helping to shape stronger international standards and institutions.

At the same time, Obama said the United States will fight to protect “those universal rights that formed the creed of our founding” and will lead by example by staying true to the rule of law and the Constitution, “even when it’s hard, even when we’re being attacked, even when we’re in the midst of war.”

We should not discard our freedoms because "extremists" try to exploit them, he said in an apparent reference to policies sanctioning torture and domestic spying that Bush approved after of Sept. 11, 2001.

However, Obama expressed confidence that U.S.-led forces would succeed in Afghan invasion.

When Obama visited West Point in December, he unveiled his plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan coupled with a promise to start bringing forces home in July 2011.


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