Obama pitches globalism, TPP at UNGA

Obama pitches globalism, TPP at UNGA
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

President Obama told the UN General Assembly Tuesday that he believes in a “liberal political order”, and as part of that the US should strive toward globalism.

  • Obama called for better trade agreements like TPP.
  • Obama claims: “The world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before.”
  • “Our societies are filled with unease and strife.”
  • “The integration of our global economy has made life better for billions.”
  • “Work together to see the benefits of integration are more broadly shared.”
  • Obama noted: Globalization and rapid progress of technology have diminished ability of workers to earn a decent wage with many good paying jobs disappearing. 
  • “I do not think America can or should impose our model on other countries.” 
  • “I am not neutral in that conflict. I believe in a liberal political order.”

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In his final address to the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama touted the US for observing the interest of other countries, criticized those who do not, called for better trade agreements like TPP and mentioned fight against ISIS in passing.

Most of Obama's speech focused on  the signs of prosperity over the last 10 years.

“The world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before," he said, noting that  "our societies are filled with unease and strife.”

“The integration of our global economy has made life better for billions,” he said  adding that extreme poverty went from 40% to 10%.

Although he mentioned ISIS and fighting extremists in passing, Obama's last UNGA speech  as a president was more of a sales pitch for globalization and international trade agreements.

He called on the world not to reject global integration, but  to “work together to see the benefits of integration are more broadly shared.”

 He did note that the globalization and rapid progress of technology have diminished ability of workers to earn a decent wage with many good paying jobs disappearing. 

 He said that the defeat of communism and  colonialism gave people choice and increased the number of  democracies. He gave examples of North Korea and South Korea as  showing that command economy doesn't work. He didn't mention years of sanctions by US and other countries on North Korea.

Obama called on advanced economies to do more to close the gap between rich and poor nations.

“I do not think America can or should impose our model on other countries,” he said, noting, however that if there is a conflict between liberalism and authoritarianism “I am not neutral in that conflict. I believe in a liberal political order.”

He criticized the US for having too much money in politics and too tough voting laws, and  Brussels detaching from the rest of Europe.

He said that countries preaching democracy abroad should “strive harder to set a better example at home.” 

Obama called America a rare superpower in history for being able "to look beyond its narrow self-interest."
“I believe we have been a force for good,” he said, denouncing the notion that “At times, both America’s adversaries and some of our allies believe that all problems were caused by Washington or could be solved by Washington. And perhaps some in Washington have thought that as well.”

This article was contributed by RT.

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