Washington: America remains the one
indispensable nation in the world affairs and those who talk that its power is towards decline do not know what they are talking about, US President Barack Obama said.
"Yes, the world is changing; no, we can`t control every
event. But America remains the one indispensable nation in
world affairs and as long as I am President, I intend to keep it that way," Obama said in his State of the Union Address to the Congress.
In his nationally televised speech delivered at the Capitol Hill, Obama said the renewal of American leadership
can be felt across the globe.
"Our oldest alliances in Europe and Asia are stronger
than ever. Our ties to the Americas are deeper. Our iron-clad
commitment to Israel`s security has meant the closest military
cooperation between our two countries in history," he said.
"We have made it clear that America is a Pacific power,
and a new beginning in Burma has lit a new hope. From the
coalitions we have built to secure nuclear materials, to the
missions we have led against hunger and disease; from the
blows we have dealt to our enemies; to the enduring power of
our moral example, America is back," Obama said.
"Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you
that America is in decline or that our influence has waned,
doesn`t know what they are talking about," Obama said in an
apparent reference to the criticism to his foreign policy
coming from Republican presidential candidates.
"That`s not the message we get from leaders around the
world, all of whom are eager to work with us. That`s not how
people feel from Tokyo to Berlin; from Cape Town to Rio; where
opinions of America are higher than they have been in years,"