Obama: ‘Almost Every Country on Earth Sees America as Stronger and More Respected…Than 8 Years Ago’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 5, 2017 | 9:19am EST
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a luncheon hosted by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo/Amanda Voisard)

(CNSNews.com) - In a letter to the American people explaining the progress he believes the nation has made under his leadership, President Barack Obama said today that “almost” the entire planet believes this nation has become stronger and more respected during his time in office.

“And almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago,” Obama said in his letter.

In making his case for this, Obama cited among other things what he believes to be the nation’s progress in Iraq and Afghanistan and in “breaking the back” of the Islamic State, and also the Iran nuclear deal, the opening of relations with the Communist government in Cuba and a global “climate agreement” that he believes “could save this planet for our kids.”

“We’ve drawn down from nearly 180,000 troops in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan to just 15,000,” Obama wrote. “With a coalition of more than 70 nations and a relentless campaign of more than 16,000 airstrikes so far, we are breaking the back of ISIL and taking away its safe havens, and we’ve accomplished this at a cost of $10 billion over two years — the same amount that we spent in one month at the height of the Iraq War.”

“At the same time, America has led the world to meet a set of global challenges,” Obama said. “Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, and brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids.”

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