Obama urges global cooperation

In the wake of his diplomatic tour in Europe, President Obama called for nations around the world to work together, the Associated Press reports. Obama spoke with the same rhetoric he has used to build political bridges domestically. He quietly referred to a diplomatic atmosphere of “mistrust” that came about during the Bush years.

“We can’t afford to let walls of mistrust stand. Instead, we have to find — and build on — our mutual interests. For it is only when people come together, and seek common ground, that some of that mistrust can begin to fade. And that is where progress begins.”

A 2008 book by a Chilean diplomat accused the Bush administration of bullying allies who showed opposition during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Will allies who felt disrespected by the Bush administration quickly change their mood with a new president in office? How hard will Obama have to work to win back the trust of traditional European allies?

The president is groveling to win back the respect of the Europeans, according to the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer. He thinks that Obama put down his own country in order to win the favor of others.

Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.


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