Fox News (Link) (May 22, 2010)
President Obama on Saturday vowed to press for a new international order “that can resolve the challenges of our times” and help the United States defeat Al Qaeda and other threats to freedom.
Delivering the commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Obama ticked off a list of lofty goals this new order could accomplish; from combating violent extremism to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons to stemming climate change and sustaining global growth.
While saying he was “clear-eyed about the shortfalls” of the international system that has led many critics of the United Nations and other institutions to abandon multilateralism, Obama said the United States would move ahead on a policy of “national renewal and global leadership.”
“We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice -- so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don’t,” he said.
Saturday’s comments suggest the Obama administration may be ready to more vigorously court the international community’s support, and further distance itself from the “distinctly American internationalism” pursued by George W. Bush.