Right-wing sites misleadingly crop Obama remarks on being "a dominant military superpower"
Right-wing media misleadingly cropped remarks made by President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit to suggest Obama is opposed to America remaining "a dominant military superpower." In fact, Obama said that as a "military superpower," the U.S. has an interest in reducing tensions between foreign nations because violent conflict abroad inevitably "ends up costing" the United States "significantly in terms of both blood and treasure." Their next article is this:
Hoft, Fox Nation quote 12 words to suggest Obama dislikes being "a dominant military superpower"
Hoft: Obama "really believes America is the enemy." In an April 14 post on Gateway Pundit, Hoft wrote:"Yesterday, Dick Morris said, 'We may have the first anti-American president we've ever had.' He was being nice. At his nuclear conference yesterday Barack Obama told Americans, 'Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.' Thanks for the pep talk, Barack." Hoft then linked to a clip of Obama's remarks and concluded, "He really believes America is the enemy." Then they add...
Fox Nation headline: "Obama: 'Whether We Like It or Not, We Remain a Dominant Military Superpower.' " On April 14, the Fox Nation posted the same video clip from Gateway Pundit under the headline, "Obama: 'Whether We Like It or Not, We Remain a Dominant Military Superpower.' "
Z: Did you watch the video? So, which is it? Here's the transcript..what he was asked and how he answered:
"Given the progress you have cited in recent days on your foreign policy agenda, to what extent do you feel like you have gained political capital with which to take further to the international stage for the rest of this year, to perhaps rejuvenate some initiatives in trouble spots such as the Middle East and elsewhere?" In his answer, Obama stated that "[i]t is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."Media Matters says the Right "misleadingly cropped" what Obama said, but the video is right there above these words. He said "Whether we LIKE IT OR NOT, we remain a dominant military power"
What's that MEAN? First, it means, the Right was NOT misleading and, second, it means he's not too comfortable being a dominant military superpower. Who do you think he'd LIKE to be the dominant superpower in the world? China? Russia? Iraq? N. Korea? Pakistan?
Just wondering. I can see how the left can be enraged at the Right taking umbrage with Obama for what he said (and they are)...I can see that he might not have meant quite what some of us sense he's saying, and I can also see he might have meant that we don't like being pulled into conflict (who does?). Still........I think it's an odd thing for an American president to say, I think there's a sensitivity he lacks, a strong love of country, an apologetic tone in this....Do you?