In his 1961 inaugural address, Kennedy called the UN one of the most important pillars of American security. No president since then has ever mentioned the UN again in an inaugural address. Last month Obama proved to be no different in his remarks.
Assuming that things remain stable between now and the American presidential election (which it not certain, as there could be a wild-card action), and assuming Barack Obama is re-elected, which again is not certain, he will have to eat a certain amount of crow if he does not attack Iran.
To the delegates of countries nervous about Americans' expectations of ever-progressing democracy in the aftermath of last year's Arab Spring, President Obama was echoing, in so many words, what Washington declaimed when he called for respect for every religion.
There appears little doubt that unless President Obama is as good as his word, Iran will have nuclear weapons within the next four years. Israel will face an existential threat. And the world will be a far more dangerous place.
Especially in light of a new heavy-handed $6.5 million ad campaign by the Republican Jewish Coalition, all voters who are concerned about President Obama's position on Iran or continued U.S. support for Israel should -- no, must -- read the address he delivered to the UN General Assembly.
The U.S.-Russian relationship has always been a complicated and multifaceted one. But, yesterday's U.N. vote, the third veto from the Russia Federation on the issue of Syria alone, is proof that the Obama strategy has failed.
While many will be waiting to see what the President will propose to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, that issue should not divert attention from the momentous events elsewhere in the region.
Washington is now deploying its full metal jacket in AfPak -- from the Pentagon and CIA secret armies to killer drones to special forces commando raids to Blackwater-conducted "snatch and grab" commandos.
As President Obama goes back to the UN this week, there are 10 things he should do that he hasn't done yet to more forcefully push for progress on U.S. priorities and more aggressively defend the U.S..
These 10 proposals would go a far way in showing the UN that while the Obama administration is interested in seeking a kinder world, it will not allow a further retreat of democracy and human rights just to get along with others.