Captain America… err President Barack Obama… explained to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday that, with the help of intrusive government surveillance and interventionism, he has made the world a safer place over the past five years.
“And it is because of the progress I’ve witnessed that after nearly four years as President, I am hopeful about the world we live in. The war in Iraq is over, and our troops have come home. We have begun a transition in Afghanistan, and America and our allies will end our war on schedule in 2014,” Obama said. “Al Qaeda has been weakened and Osama bin Laden is no more. Nations have come together to lock down nuclear materials, and America and Russia are reducing our arsenals. I’ve seen hard choices made – from Naypyidaw to Cairo to Abidjan – to put more power in the hands of citizens.”
The President also made the case for why he has been pushing for intervention in the Syrian civil war.
“I believe America must remain engaged for our own security, but I also believe a world is better for it,” he said. “Some may disagree, but I believe America is exceptional, in part because we have shown a willingness, to the sacrifice of blood and treasure to stand up, not only for our own interests, but for the interests of all.”