During his final speech addressed to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama informed the U.N. that the United States has given up some freedom in exchange for security for the American people.
These comments come days after the terrorist attacks in Chelsea Manhatten that injured 29 people and shocked the nation. Ironically, that bombing took place in the same city where the U.N. is located.
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President Obama stated, “We can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations, like my own, accept constraints.”
Obama stated to the assembled foreign diplomats, “Sometimes I am criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions.” He added, “But I am convinced in the long run, giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to the international rules over the long-term enhances our security.”
Throughout his speech, he consistently called for other countries to accept more Middle Eastern refugees. The majority of the U.S. population has been against the idea of allowing more Middle Eastern refugees into the country. Tension has been at an all-time high recently with multiple attacks on American soil.
Many would say that Obama has taken a nonchalant approach towards incoming refugees and made little effort to strengthen our borders. Previously, the President has received backlash about the weak screening and vetting process of Middle Eastern immigrants. Americans are rightly concerned in light of multiple terrorist attacks around the world.
“Ultimately our world will be more secure if we are prepared to help those in need and the nations who are carrying the largest burden with respect to accommodating these refugees,” he told the U.N.
Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, has long claimed his main goal in running for president is to make our borders more secure and to do extensive screenings of refugees – exactly the opposite of what Obama has done in his eight-year tenure.