POTUS Vows Against Military Action Without ‘Informed Consent of the American People’
President Joe Biden pledged in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday that the United States will not engage in military action against its geopolitical foes without the “informed consent of the American people,” highlighting the public’s fatigue from the fruitless 20 year-conflict in Afghanistan.
“Make no mistake – the United States will continue to defend ourselves, our allies, and our interests against an attack including terrorist threats as we are prepared to use force if any is necessary. But to defend our vital US national interests, including against ongoing and imminent threats, the mission must be clear and achievable, undertaken with the informed consent of the American people,” the president assured world leaders. “And whenever possible, in partnership with our allies. US military power must be our tool of last resort, not our first, and should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world.”
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President Biden: "U.S. military power must be our tool of last resort, not our first. And should not be used as an answer to every problem we see around the world."
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 21, 2021
In the same address, Biden also promised that the United Stated would reestablish its role as a global leader against the growing threat of climate change.
“We will lead, we will lead on all the greatest challenges of our time from COVID to climate, peace and security, human dignity and human rights, but we will not go it alone,” he said. “We will lead together with our allies and partners and in cooperation with all those who believe, as we do, that it is within our power to meet these challenges, to build a future that lifts all of our people to preserve this planet.”