Obama Delivers Forceful Rhetoric On Russia and ISIS In UN Speech

If his UN speech is anything to go by, President Obama has become a wartime leader, a designation he seemed eager to escape when he first became president.

The New York Times has reported that President Obama, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, outlined the new role that the United States would take in fighting global terrorism. The major planks of his UN speech focused on working with allies to dismantle what he describes as Islamic State’s “network of death” and warning Russia that it would pay for its interference in Ukraine.

According to the Washington Post, Obama’s UN speech was a ready platform for him to reassert U.S. leadership and dominance in international affairs. This it attributes to the fact that Obama has been heavily criticized for failing to deal decisively with Russia’s activities in Ukraine and the ever growing threat of Islamic State.

President Obama seemed intent on silencing his critics as he did not mince words in his UN speech. This is what he had to say about Russia.

“America and our allies will support the people of Ukraine as they develop their democracy and economy. We will reinforce our NATO allies, and uphold our commitment to collective defense. We will impose a cost on Russia for aggression, and counter falsehoods with the truth.”

He also went on to say that the U.S. would lift sanctions if Russia pulls back in the Ukraine. This comes ahead of increasing protest in Russia over the country’s involvement in Ukraine as reported by the Inquisitr. Not withstanding the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not attend this year’s UN assembly, President Obama’s message to Russia in his UN speech could not have been more forceful.

Obama’s UN speech would not have been complete if he did not address the increasing threat posed by Islamic State.

“We will use our military might in a campaign of air strikes to roll back ISIL. We will train and equip forces fighting against these terrorists on the ground. We will work to cut off their financing, and to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region. Already, over 40 nations have offered to join this coalition. Today, I ask the world to join in this effort. Those who have joined ISIL should leave the battlefield while they can.”

President Obama’s UN speech also touched on the Ebola outbreak and other global issues.

Read: full text of Obama’s UN Speech.

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