Obama: We Cannot Give Into the ‘False Comfort’ of Isolationism

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Thursday while speaking to the 2016 Graduates at the U.S. Air Force Academy Commencement Ceremony, President Barack Obama warned against falling into the “false comfort” of isolationism in a “globalized interconnected world.” Obama said, “We are well-positioned. You enter this moment with a lot of good cards to play. But with a serious threats. Terrorist networks slaughter the innocent plot attacks against our nation. Civil wars like in Iraq tear countries apart and create humanitarian catastrophes and havens for terrorists. Russian aggression against Ukraine. disputes in the South China Sea. These are testing an international order that we build. Where the sovereignty of nations is respected in all nations abide by the same rules. Nuclear weapons in South Korea and the specter of nuclear terrorism still threatens us all. So how to meet these threats while also seizing the incredible opportunities of this moment in history, that is going to be your challenge.” “The challenge of your generation,” he continued. “Which leads me to a second lesson. As we navigate this complex world, America cannot shirk the mantle of leadership. We cannot be isolationist. It is not possible in this globalized interconnected world. In these uncertain times, it is tempting