Obama's "New World Order"?

SUBHEAD: Speech as given at West Point points in new direction for American foreign policy. Image above: President Barak Obama greets cadets at West Point. From (http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/today/index.ssf/2009/12/local_afghanistan_veterans_sup.html). By Brad Parsons on 22 May 2010 - The media, particularly the Washington Post, New York Times and FoxNews are all mischaracterizing the content of Obama's recent Graduation Address this month at West Point. The full-text of the speech is here: Text of Obama's Speech to West Point 2010 Cadets. One of the blog posts that correctly critiques the above reports with the actual content of the speech is the following: Obama's West Point Speech: What Did He Say? But, even that blog post does not quote completely what Obama did or did not say about "New World Order." We decided to read the full-text of that speech for ourselves. Here are the only three paragraphs where Obama spoke directly about international order:
Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system. But America has not succeeded 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 consequences when they don't. So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation. We will be steadfast in strengthening those old alliances that have served us so well, including those who will serve by your side in Afghanistan and around the globe. As influence extends to more countries and capitals, we also have to build new partnerships, and shape stronger international standards and institutions. This engagement is not an end in itself. The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times -- countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing wounds. If we are successful in these tasks, that will lessen conflicts around the world. It will be supportive of our efforts by our military to secure our country.
Make of it what you will. There can certainly be read into that a number of points of interesting potential "double-speak." But, what Obama speaks of does not appear to be the same thing as Bush I nor Bush II's "New World Order." .

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