President Obama is set to deliver his final UN General Assembly speech on Friday. However, even his most loyal fans find it difficult to overlook the spread of disorder during his term. While the president is most likely to put his best foot forward and highlight his diplomatic strategies, people will wonder what exactly was on his mind when he signed that global climate agreement and what exactly his stance was in improvement of the world’s economy, not to mention that dubious nuclear agreement with Iran. In a previous UN speech dated eight years back, Obama promised to take action on some persistent UN priorities, which included playing peacemaker between the Palestinians and Israel. That specific goal became little more than a sideshow as a greater part of the Mideast gained a brief rush of democracy which was quickly quelled in the following chaos.
As every country in the Middle East barring Israel became even disorganized, America chose to become a mere spectator. The refugee crisis around the world has become worse with numbers doubling every day as more people flood countries seeking safe havens. Syria suffered greatly when the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire was declared finished. At the same time, Iran batters at Saudi Arabia and vows to demolish Israel while America does nothing but watches and avoids the conflict that could send Tehran running from the nuclear deal.
One of the biggest promises that made people count on Obama as a president was that, by having roots in Africa and being raised in Indonesia, he would have the know-how and the experience to help unite countries and nudge them towards the ideals that the UN was meant to advocate, though always seemed to fall short of. But the leadership in America has weakened these past eight years and the world, it seems, is worse off than it ever was before.