"The danger, I think, is when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country"

But he said while there were "obviously" human rights issues to address in some Middle Eastern countries, the job of the US was not to lecture but to encourage what he said were "universal principles" that those countries could "embrace and affirm as part of their national identity".

"The danger, I think, is when the United States, or any country, thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture," he said.

Instead, the president said that the most important thing for the US was to
"serve as a role model".

"Part of what we want to affirm to the world is that these are values that are important even when it's hard, maybe especially when it's hard and not just when it's easy."

"That's why, for example, closing Guantanamo from my perspective as difficult as it is, is important."

So There are obviously a few things here that make me want to spit fire, but lets start at the beginning.

"Tisk, tisk human rights violate rs. Now, we aren't mad, we aren't saying you aren't wonderful people. Look, I'll tell you what, we'll go ahead and close a terrorist prison holding some of the most dangerous people in the world. Then, if you want, you can stop torturing people. It's called setting an example."

Ok, first of all, if closing Guantanamo is setting an example, then that means Obama is equating the imprisonment of dangerous terrorists, to human rights violations in countries where torture, stoning, and false imprisonment are the norm. Nope, sorry, America protecting itself from harm is not equivalent to tearing off someones fingernails for adultery.

Second, how in the hell are we imposing our values on other countries? Trying to stop human rights violations = imposing our values? They aren't our values, they are basic human rights. Second, it isn't an imposition, it is a salvation to those people being violated.

Third, you know who says things like "America imposes it's values on us."? Terrorists, that's who. I don't think it is wise for the President to echo the accusations of those who are hell bent on destroying our country.

And fourth, America was a role model for the world long before your saggy butt came along. America has always stood as a shining beacon to the world, and thus far no amount of liberal interference has been able to dim that light. America is the standard to which all others are measured, then, now, and God willing, in the future. God bless America.


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