VP Biden Speaks Of International Cooperation In First Speech

February 7, 2009

Germany (ChattahBox) – In his first speech since taking the post of Vice President, Joe Biden spoke in Munich to an assembled European crowd, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a talk targeted at increased International cooperation, and explaining the changing policies of the Obama administration.

There were a number of issues address by Vice President Biden, and each point made a clear distinction between the way that the Bush administration, and the Obama administration, would handle the current crises facing our country, and ally countries, today.

“We reject as false the choice between our safety and ideals. America will vigorously defend our security and our values, and in doing so we will all be more secure,” he said, echoing the sentiment President Obama gave in his inaugural speech.

On Guantanamo Bay, and the other CIA detainment camps:

“America will not torture. We will uphold the rights of those we bring to justice.”

On Iran:

“We’ll be willing to talk to Iran and to offer a very clear choice: Continue down the current course and there will be pressure and isolation; abandon the illicit nuclear program and your support for terrorism and there will be meaningful incentives.”

On International cooperation, and the future of the world as a whole:

“America will do more. That’s the good news. The bad news is, America will ask from more from our partners as well. We also are determined to build a sustainable future for our planet. We are prepared to once again lead by example.”

Among other issues discussed were the conflicts, and future, with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the US policy with Russia, and climate change.


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