Obama In Vietnam ‘Big Nations Should Not Bully Smaller Ones’

Obama alluded to China’s recent actions in the South China Sea, when he made his bully remark.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.


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    U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday during his visit to Vietnam—a nation still suffering from a U.S. invasion that lasted 20 years—that big nations should not bully smaller ones.

    Obama also spoke of the relationship between the U.S and Vietnam amid tensions with China and moves to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Obama alluded to China’s recent actions in the South China Sea, when he made his bully remark, but it is China that has criticized the increased U.S. military presence in the area which has included naval patrols and exercises within the region.

    Despite Obama’s anti-bully rhetoric, in just the past 70 years U.S. imperialism has intervened in more than 35 “smaller” nations.

    William Blum’s classic book, “U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II”, documents over 30 military interventions and coups by the U.S. around the globe. These include Iran in 1953; Guatemala in 1954; Vietnam in 1955; Cambodia in 1970, just to name a few.

    According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, the U.S. military is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with nearly 150,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the U.S. and its territories.

    Currently the U.S. has active combat troops in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Obama spoke of the secretive TPP, saying that the free trade agreement will help countries like Vietnam and spur regional cooperation.

    Critics of the of the TPP have said that the agreement gives too much power to international corporations who can sue governments in private tribunals for obstructing future profits, which, according to critics, will impede rights, especially in the realms of health, environment and safety.

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      • tapatio

        Amazing that lightning doesn’t strike that war criminal for his statement. Obama has personally destroyed Libya, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and more in service to his Predatory Capitalist masters and their ZioNazi cult.

      • Progressive Republican

        Obama In Vietnam ‘Big Nations Should Not Bully Smaller Ones’

        So much for America’s foreign policy.

      • MountainMan23

        Obama’s every bit as embarassing as Trump at times. The arrogance! The hypocrisy! The stupidity! Is this what makes the US “exceptional”?

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          I don’t mind people like Obama using “exceptional” to exhibit his mendacious stupidity again.

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        • tapatio

          “At times”??? Who cares about embarrassment at this point? Obama and 50 years of puppet predecessors have turned America into a CRIMINAL STATE far worse than Israel, Saudi Arabia, Apartheid South Africa, and others.

          I don’t like wearing a Canadian flag cap to avoid well deserved verbal assaults and spittle on the streets of other countries. As a kid, I was proud to be an American. Now it’s SHAME – NOT embarrassment.