I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust.
When have skepticism and distrust of America not been rampant? From Rome to Moscow and from Istanbul to London, the world is full of ex-colonial powers stewing in resentment over lost empire and glory. Envy of American prosperity and power are natural, regardless of our policies and actions.
Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. And this has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for collective inaction.
It is obvious that the reference to unilateral action is about the invasion of Iraq. Several important nations had economic interests in Iraq, with caused them to oppose taking effective action to stop Iraq's aggression and quest for weapons of mass destruction. The U.N. can't accomplish anything when stake holders veto necessary action against their client states. They are protecting Iran's quest for nukes just as they stalled action against Iraq. .
Now, like all of you, my responsibility is to act in the interest of my nation and my people, and I will never apologize for defending those interests.
Never? Not in Cairo? Not in Berlin? Of course not!
But it is my deeply held belief that in the year 2009 -- more than at any point in human history -- the interests of nations and peoples are shared. The religious convictions that we hold in our hearts can forge new bonds among people, or they can tear us apart.
This is old ground, which should be familiar to regular readers of my blog posts. Russia seeks to regain lost hegemony. China seeks increased power and influence. The Islamic nations seek to restore the Caliphate and conquer the world. We seek peace and prosperity, others seek empire. There are no common interests not superceeded by ambitious greed, envy and pride.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten son of God, sent to implement a divine plan of salvation. Muslims believe that Jesus was Allah's slave who will return as a genocidal warlord to complete their conquest of the world and final genocide of the Jews. How in Hell can those diametrically opposed beliefs forge new bonds of unity? Because of their beliefs, Muslims have been engaged in genocidal conquest for the last 1386 years. President Obama would have us believe that he can make that stop by wagging his tongue and waving his magic wand.
The technology we harness can light the path to peace, or forever darken it.
Years before I was born, Germany began researching the possibility of using nuclear fission to create a devastating explosive device. Physicists and mathematicians who pioneered the bomb development brought their knowledge to America, enabling us to be the first to develop the bombs which ended the Second World War. How would the outcome have differed if our enemies had developed the bomb first? Fat Man & Little Boy made peace, saving countless lives that would have been lost in an invasion of Japan.
The energy we use can sustain our planet, or destroy it.
President Obama is playing domestic politics with this slogan, trying to build support for idiotic policies that will devastate our economy, deepen and prolong the depression and ruin our standard of living. Anthropogenic global warming is a fallacy based on incomplete data and limited models which do not reflect reality. Bluff & bluster supplemented by a crisis atmosphere ginned up by Obama and his Socialist allies have replaced scientific inquiry and debate.
What happens to the hope of a single child -- anywhere -- can enrich our world, or impoverish it.
President Obama did not complete that thought in the next paragraph. He left it hanging as an ambiguous framework on which the needy & greedy can plant and cultivate their hopes of tapping our treasury. That is an obvious appeal to the International Socialist impulse which is popular in certain parts of Europe. Keep that slogan fresh in your mind, it is important to comprehending the depraved depths of Obama's hypocrisy.