A Tale of Two Leaders: Obama vs. Putin at the UNGA
Watching Obama and Putin at the UNGA
(United Nations General Assembly) was a very interesting glimpse into the world of geopolitics and diplomacy. It was a tale of two leaders, or rather a misleader and a leader. Obama delivered the same old hollow rhetoric of “democracy and peace” we’ve come to expect from the US Teleprompter-in-Chief, while Putin was amazingly upfront and honest, though couching his words in diplomatic speech so as to avoid being too confrontational. Putin managed to avoid using the terms “United States” or “America” all the while directing strong admonitions towards the USA, and even asking at one point: “Do you realize what you have done?”
Obama – More Gross Hypocrisy
Obama’s speech praised “cooperation instead of conflict“, a new world system which prevents “bigger countries from imposing its will on smaller countries” and decried those who believe that “might is right“, that “order must be imposed by force” and that “individual rights don’t matter“. As usual, the gross hypocrisy of his speech was starkly evident right from the start. Obama is a fine orator and his words always sound so nice, but it is rare indeed to find his actions matching up to his words.
When Obama was condemning the idea of bigger countries manipulating smaller ones, does he recall the way he oversaw the US-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014, which overthrew the legitimately elected government of Viktor Yanukovych and inserted Neo-Nazis which were more favorable to the US Government, at the cost of at least US$5 billion according to neocon Vicky Nuland?
When Obama was praising the idea of respecting individual rights, does he recall that he signed one of the most draconian piece of US legislation ever to be enacted? The NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) signed by Obama on Dec. 31st, 2011, allows a US President the power to arrest and indefinitely detain any US citizen – without charge or trial – in gross violation of the 4th, 6th and many others Amendments!
Obama and American Exceptionalism
Obama also stated that “I believe that what is true for America is true for virtually all mature democracies”, which again shows that US rhetoric and foreign policy is based on American arrogance that it is clearly the best country in the world, it knows what is best for everyone, and that it should be the undisputed leader of the New World Order. Whenever Obama refers to or implies American exceptionalism, I am left wondering what exactly he means by this phrase. Does he mean that the USA is exceptional:
– in its history of aggression of invading foreign sovereign nations who posed no threat?
– by the fact that it has been at war every year (except 17 years), meaning 222 out of the 239 years, since its Declaration of Independence in 1776?
– since it routinely uses its world superpower status to bully other countries into bowing to its will?
– in how many foreign governments it has illegally overthrown (57 and counting)?
What do you think all these invaded nations and their people (China 1949 to early 1960s, Albania 1949-53, East Germany 1950s, Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Costa Rica mid-1950s, Syria 1956-7, Egypt 1957, Indonesia 1957-8, British Guiana 1953-64, Iraq 1963, North Vietnam 1945-73, Cambodia 1955-70, Laos 1958- 1960, Ecuador 1960-63, Congo 1960, France 1965, Brazil 1962-64, Dominican Republic 1963, Cuba 1959 to present, Bolivia 1964, Indonesia 1965, Ghana 1966, Chile 1964-73, Greece 1967, Costa Rica 1970-71, Bolivia 1971, Australia 1973-75, Angola 1975, 1980s, Zaire 1975, Portugal 1974-76, Jamaica 1976-80, Seychelles 1979-81, Chad 1981-82, Grenada 1983, South Yemen 1982-84, Suriname 1982-84, Fiji 1987, Libya 1980s, Nicaragua 1981-90, Panama 1989, Bulgaria 1990, Albania 1991, Iraq 1991, Afghanistan 1980s, Somalia 1993, Yugoslavia 1999-2000, Ecuador 2000, Afghanistan 2001, Venezuela 2002, Iraq 2003, Haiti 2004, Somalia 2007 to present, Honduras 2009, Libya 2011, Syria 2012, Ukraine 2014) think about American exceptionalism?
Putin – Calling a Spade a Spade, Diplomatically
Putin’s speech was direct and upfront, although by his standards, it was relatively restrained. In Munich 2007, he famously launched an all-out attack on US global hegemony, but this time, Putin found a way to get his strong message across without even mentioning “America” or the “United States” by name.
Putin at the UNGA stated that “we should all remember the lessons of the past. For example, we remember examples from our Soviet past, when the Soviet Union exported social experiments, pushing for changes in other countries for ideological reasons, and this often led to tragic consequences and caused degradation instead of progress” implying it is now the US that is “exporting” its brand of values. He further said that “It seems, however, that instead of learning from other people’s mistakes, some prefer to repeat them and continue to export revolutions, only now these are “democratic” revolutions” calling out the US on the way it obscures its foreign meddling and intervention with the excuse it is promoting “democracy”.
Putin also called out how the US has created and funded ISIS: “In fact, the Islamic State itself did not come out of nowhere. It was initially developed as a weapon against undesirable secular regimes. Having established control over parts of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State now aggressively expands into other regions … It is equally irresponsible to manipulate extremist groups and use them to achieve your political goals, hoping that later you’ll find a way to get rid of them or somehow eliminate them.”
Putin at the UNGA even touched on the subject of free trade agreements like the TPP and TTIP: “I would like to note one more sign of rising economic selfishness. A number of nations have chosen to create exclusive economic associations, with their establishment being negotiated behind closed doors, secretly from those very nations’ own public and business communities, as well as from the rest of the world. Other states, whose interests may be affected, have not been informed of anything, either. It seems that someone would like to impose upon us some new game rules, deliberately tailored to accommodate the interests of a privileged few, with the WTO having no say in it. This is fraught with utterly unbalancing global trade and splitting up the global economic space.”
Putin: Do You At Least Realize Now What You’ve Done?
Putin at the UNGA came right out and blasted Obama and the hawks running the US foreign policy: “I’m urged to ask those who created this situation: do you at least realize now what you’ve done? But I’m afraid that this question will remain unanswered, because they have never abandoned their policy, which is based on arrogance, exceptionalism and impunity.” The US has caused untold suffering, misery and destruction with its bullying and interventions abroad. Now, with news of Russia and China entering Syria – to subdue the ISIS that the US and Israel created – the chances of WW3 just got higher.
Obama’s Unipolar World vs. Putin’s MultiPolar World
A key passage from Putin’s speech is that “No one is obliged to conform to a single development model that is considered by someone else as the right one“. What underlies this is the same basic idea Putin voiced vehemently to the world community in Munich 2007: that Russia and many other nations want a multipolar world, not an American-led unipolar New World Order. This of course goes against US foreign policy as influenced by the Wolfowitz Doctrine, Brzezinski and others, which assume that American supremacy is right, and plan to grab Eurasia by encircling Russia and China.
The contrast between a unipolar world and multipolar world is at the heart of the arguments and fighting going on between Obama and Putin, and among the US, Russia and other countries generally. If humanity is going to be forced into a One World Government, the only way it is going to produce freedom for the overwhelmingly majority of people is if it a decentralized, multipolar government that respects the different cultures and viewpoints of the world. The people of the world are not going to unite if it means sacrificing their identity, culture, traditions and ways of life to become standardized and homogenized under a hierarchical and totalitarian New World Order, which dictates to them what they can or cannot do in every aspect of their lives via schemes like UN Agenda 21.
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Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative news / independent media site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.