Obama will need global answers to domestic questions…

Didn’t get time yesterday to blog my Telegraph piece on Obama’s speech… Looking back on Bush’s first inaugural speech, there was little there to indicate what followed. For what follows, nothing Obama said can be taken for granted; other than for the Americans and the rest of us, sovereignty is not longer what it once was. The answer to the US’s domestic problems lie in global solutions

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  • Dave

    “For what follows, nothing Obama said can be taken for granted; other than for the Americans and the rest of us, sovereignty is not longer what it once was.”

    Really? You didn’t include the part where he said that the sovereign powers of the state will be transferred to third parties. Probably because he said no such thing. America, therefore, will remain sovereign. You are deliberately obfuscating cooperation with a rejection of sovereignty. Don’t confuse the Americans with the Europeans – who have been brainwashed for 60 years.

    The US has always operated in a global world (this may be why it has embassies, for example) and has always sought to advance its foreign policy – and its domestic interests – in cooperation with other countries (its war in Iraq and Afghanistan, for recent examples, were deliberately not unilateral actions). It is also adheres to international law, but that is a ‘loss’ of sovereignty that most states accept and that is not new: WW2 was multinational cooperation. In global areas like the environment and the UN, it makes sense to delegate some power to agencies who can devise global solutions to global problems. That shouldn’t be confused with the perverse European concept of pooled sovereignty which is aimed at devising European solutions to national problems, removing the sovereign right of those states to devise their own national law.

    The US attended the UN’s Millennium Summit in 2000 along with 180 other countries wherein they committed to “work toward goals to improve life for the world’s poorest people by 2015.” That, by the way, was under Bush. Bill Clinton, likewise, never saw a UN Bill that he didn’t like. Joe Biden and Obama both sponsored the Global Poverty Act that commits the America to donating 0.7 of its GDP (98 billion a year in addition to its existing global proverty relief donations) to the UN for the next 13 years. That bill, now passed, does degrade US sovereignty but it does so to advance a worthwhile global agenda that seeks to allow others to earn above 2 dollars a day. It is best that this is done by such cooperation. The US can revoke the Bill before it expires if it wishes, so although the exercise of sovereignty is delegated to third parties, it is not given away. Unlike the dumb Europeans, who gave their sovereignty away with no global proverb relieve agenda to justify it and with no exit clause in the treaty to regain the sovereignty.

    Global Poverty Act imposes this constraint on US sovereignty: it requires the US “to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.”

  • Dave

    Err, under Clinton, not Bush.

  • “Looking back on Bush’s first inaugural speech, there was little there to indicate what followed.”

    There is also an amusing parallel to Bush in that both Bush in 2000 and Obama in 2008 were neophytes on the national stage without the time in grade that made previous Presidential candidates palatable for the position. For both the case was was made that the Republic would be best served by surrounding the neophyte with sagacious advisers to lend astute council.

    Our fate hinges upon the “Best And The Brightest” trumping the “Gut-Feeling” and “Character”.

    Sleep tight Sluggiepoos.

  • Greenflag

    Cheney upset .

    ‘George Bush should have pardoned I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Dick Cheney said after stepping down as vice president this week.

    Will Obama pardon Cheney for his undermining of the American Constitution and deliberately lying to the American people in order to foment an illegal war that has led to the deaths of 400,000 people ?

    When the time comes I certainly hope not !

  • Greenflag

    ‘sovereignty is not longer what it once was.”’

    And hasn’t been despite the arrival on the scene of many new ‘nation states ‘ since the collapse of the Soviet Empire in the late 1980’s .

    Dave’s notions of uber alles ‘sovereignty ‘ belong in the mid 19th century of central and eastern europe when every national minority in the Austro Hungarian, Ottoman and Russian Empires were striving to shake off the shackles of ‘minority’ status and discrimination . Many of course attained their ‘independence ‘ post WW1 only to apply even worse discrimination in many cases on their ‘new’ minorities.

    Global solutions will be needed and Obama is certainly better placed to find them that the oil barons and warmongers of the previous administration !

    Can he do it ?

    It would be naive to expect he can given the scale of the mess left by his predecessor.

    Nevertheless to grasp the true ‘insanity ‘ of some the neo conservative right wing in the USA one only has to listen to the super medicated Limbaugh ‘hoping ‘ that Obama will fail :(?

    Now there’s an American patriot for ye . Obama should waste no time in sending super patriot Limbaugh to training camp for training to lead the assault on the Taliban !

  • 6cp

    Hey, should we offer the Maze as an alternative to Gitmo? It might encourage the Yanks to invest in NI.

  • RepublicanStones

    Yeah 6cp, and lets paint a big f**kin bullseye over the north while we’re at it !

  • 6cp

    Exactly, RS! That’s why they need to keep all those nice folks in Gitmo.

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