Mark Collins – POTUS at SOTU: We’re No. 1!

When one has to boast about how powerful and deadly one is quite a few people, especially abroad (think e.g. Putin and Xi, plus the Saudi leadership), may well have their doubts–from the President Obama’s State of the Union speech:


I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. Let me tell you something. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth, period. Period.

(APPLAUSE)

It’s not even close. It’s not even close. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined.

(APPLAUSE)

Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world.

(APPLAUSE)

No nation attacks us directly or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead. They call us.

(APPLAUSE)

the American people should know that, with or without Congressional action, ISIL will learn the same lessons as terrorists before them. If you doubt America’s commitment — or mine — to see that justice is done, just ask Osama bin Laden.’

(APPLAUSE)

Ask — ask the leader of Al Qaida in Yemen, who was taken out last year, or the perpetrator of the Benghazi attacks, who sits in a prison cell. When you come after Americans, we go after you. And it may take time, but we have long memories, and our reach has no limits…

Related:

SOTU: POTUS Fiddles While World–and Islam–Burn

Obama the Whig, or, POTUS’ Interpretation of History

Obamaworld, “International Community” Cant…and Putin’s Parade

Obamaprof and Bad Vlad Trade UNGA Speeches

Obamaprof vs the Nasty, Brutish World

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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One thought on “Mark Collins – POTUS at SOTU: We’re No. 1!”

  1. Charles Krauthammers:


    …After taking credit for success in Syria, raising American stature abroad and prevailing against the Islamic State — one claim more surreal than the next — Obama was forced to repair to his most well-worn talking point: “If you doubt America’s commitment — or mine — to see that justice is done, just ask Osama bin Laden.”

    Really? Five years later, that’s all you’ve got?

    Indeed, it is. What else can Obama say? Talk about Crimea? Cite Yemen, Libya, Iraq, the South China Sea, the return of the Taliban?

    “Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office,” Obama boasted. Surveys, mind you. As if superpower influence is a Miss Universe contest. As if the world doesn’t see our allies adrift, our enemies on the march and our sailors kneeling, hands behind their heads, in front of armed Iranians, then forced to apologize on camera. (And our secretary of state expressing appreciation to Iran after their subsequent release.)..’
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-state-of-the-presidency-spent/2016/01/14/f27c4924-baf9-11e5-b682-4bb4dd403c7d_story.html

    Mark Collins

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