Obama: I will protect US, allies with world’s strongest military

United States President Barack Obama noted the dangers the world is facing during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28. He mentioned the Islamic State, annexation of Crimea by Russia, and the disputes in West Philippine Sea.

“As President of the United States, I am mindful of the dangers that we face; they cross my desk every morning,” he said. “I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known, and I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies, unilaterally and by force where necessary.”

He said that if nations cannot work together more effectively, we will all suffer the consequences.

“I stand before you today believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion. We cannot look backwards. We live in an integrated world – one in which we all have a stake in each other’s success,” he said.

“The United States makes no claim on territory there. We don’t adjudicate claims. But like every nation gathered here, we have an interest in upholding the basic principles of freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce, and in resolving disputes through international law, not the law of force,” Obama explained.

He said that US will defend these principles, while encouraging China and other claimants to resolve differences peacefully.