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Biden's principled UN speech contradicted by facts

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23.09.2021
By Trudy Rubin

President Joe Biden sounded all the right notes in his Tuesday address to the United Nations General Assembly. He spoke on the need for global cooperation against pandemics and the climate crisis, as well as the need to counter rising autocracies by means other than warfare.

As an aspirational framework, the speech was admirable and spelled out what the United States should be aiming for.

Yet, Biden's words seemed painfully divorced from the realities on the ground, especially after the White House botched the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and created a spat with France that further undermines North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Those events raise questions about the Biden team's foreign policy team's competence, and its commitment to allies. In addition, the divisive politics of GOP Trumpsters are amplifying the world's questions about whether America still has the capacity to lead.

Biden's push for accelerated cooperation on COVID-19 was important, and he will hold a virtual summit on the topic Wednesday, on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting. Only a tiny fraction of the vaccine doses promised to poorer nations at a June summit of the world's richest industrial nations has been delivered. Without a wider global vaccination rate, new variants of the coronavirus will flourish. And without U.S. leadership, a wider ― and effective ―........

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