President Barack Obama arrived for his State of the Union address knowing there was much ground to cover. In front of Congress, he tackled internal politics first, namely how to restore morale to a deflated American public and prepare them for the many challenges ahead. Then he moved onto foreign policy.
“America’s commitment has been kept. The Iraq war is coming to an end. Of course as we speak al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals we’re disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies,” he said.
“In Afghanistan our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear. By preventing the Taliban from re-establishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
“In Pakistan, al Qaeda’s leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. And we’ve sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian peninsula to all parts of the globe. We will not relent, we will not waver and we will defeat you.
“American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.”
“And we saw that desire to be free in Tunisia where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight let us be clear, the USA stands with the people of Tunisia and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.”