This post is inspired by a piece by Colum Lynch and Ty McCormick on ForeignPolicy.com

On Tuesday, President Obama took the stand in front of the U.N to paint a new world picture. Discussing America’s new stance within the Middle East, which was highlighted by strategic drone strikes and productive diplomatic talks, Obama seemed to be warning the rest of the world of the United States’ reduced role as “Team America” World Police”. Considering the country’s lack of motivation to immerse themselves in Syria as well as a myriad of other domestic concerns, it seemed as though Obama was officially ushering in a new era where the U.S will simply not have the resources to go it alone. Some interesting tid bits from the speech:

“The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region,” he said. “But I also believe that we can rarely achieve these objectives through unilateral American action — particularly with military action.”

“The United States has a hard-earned humility when it comes to our ability to determine events inside other countries”. “The notion of American empire may be useful propaganda, but it isn’t borne out by America’s current policy or public opinion.”

To paint this picture in a possibly less depressing light, let’s use a football game as an analogy. Picture a football game. Now take away the referees (the U.S). Chaos, with no one to enforce fair play or protect the safety of any player.

Take a couple minutes to watch the speech. Thoughts? Is this truly the picture the President is painting? 

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