Trudy Rubin: Biden’s principled UN speech painfully contradicted by facts on the ground

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

President Joe Biden sounded all the right notes in his Tuesday address to the United Nations General Assembly. He spoke on the need for global cooperation against pandemics and the climate crisis, as well as the need to counter rising autocracies by means other than warfare. As an aspirational framework, the speech was admirable and spelled out what the United States should be aiming for. Yet, Biden’s words seemed painfully divorced from the realities on the ground, especially after the White House botched the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and created a spat with France that further underm…

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