Barack Obama

As several people wrote to me, “We should not be the world’s policeman.”
I agree, and I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions.
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America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong.

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  1. shinichi Post author

    Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Syria

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    September 10, 2013

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/10/remarks-president-address-nation-syria

    Finally, many of you have asked: Why not leave this to other countries, or seek solutions short of force? As several people wrote to me, “We should not be the world’s policeman.”

    I agree, and I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions. Over the last two years, my administration has tried diplomacy and sanctions, warning and negotiations — but chemical weapons were still used by the Assad regime.

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    Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged.” Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used.

    America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.

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  2. shinichi Post author

    (sk)

    文章や演説は、その切り取り方によって、まったく違って伝わる。

    オバマ大統領のこの演説も、いろいろに伝えられた。

    『オバマ米大統領は2013年9月10日のテレビ演説で、「米国は世界の警察官ではないとの考えに同意する」と述べた。また、「約70年にわたって世界の安全保障を支えてきた」と、 米国の歴代政権が担ってきた世界の安全保障に責任を負う役割は担わない考えを明確にした』 というような文章が、コピー・ペーストによって広まる。

    その広がりは、誰にも止められない。オバマ大統領が、そんなことは言っていないと言っても、なにも変わらない。

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