On Tuesday, President Obama as well as other world leaders are expected to address their peers at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This address will mark the fourth time he delivers a speech at the UNGA podium at which he is expected to address the violent protests in the Middle East that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. President Obama will also be using his speech to reaffirm U.S. support for Israel and restate the position that Iran must not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), is a Romney campaign surrogate who recently wrote an op-ed for Politico listing the topics Obama needs to address during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
Barrasso says the first thing Obama needs to do is acknowledge that the war on terror continues. “I mean look at what you discovered CNN,” says Barrasso. “The private journals of Chris Stevens who said a number of things; this was not about a video. He was being targeted by al Qaeda. [Stevens] said al Qaeda was growing in Libya. [Stevens] said there was a rise of Islamic extremism in that area. There truly is terrorism that continues. This is not because of a video,” adds Barrasso.
The second thing Obama needs to address during his speech according to the Romney surrogate is his support for the people of Israel. Barrasso says, “at a time that Iran gets closer and closer to having a nuclear weapon” Obama needs to explain exactly what his support is for Israel.
Barrasso says the final thing the president needs to do is explain to the American people what his foreign policy actually entails. “Four years ago [Obama] said he would negotiate with Iran, that has failed,” says Barrasso. The Wyoming senator goes on to say that Obama has also failed at pushing the rest button with Russia and getting the Middle East to look at America with more respect.
Recently in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama discussed his foreign policy accomplishments saying he ended the war in Iraq and went after al Qaeda resulting in their decimation. Barrasso disagrees. “Al Qaeda is not on the run,” says Barrasso. “What we’ve seen is al Qaeda targeted and assonated our ambassador in Libya.”