"Obama call for 'international order' Raises Questions About U.S. Sovereignty"
President Obama is facing criticism for his declaration over the weekend that he would seek a new "international order," with some questioning how much U.S. sovereignty the administration is willing to cede in exchange for more global cooperation.
Obama did not say Saturday which specific global institutions he wants to build. Obama has made enhanced international cooperation a priority dating back to the campaign and so far has carried out that goal by seeking global agreements for nuclear weapons reduction, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced support from the United Nations in dealing with rogue regimes.
"America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of cooperation; we have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice -- so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don't," he told the graduating class at the military academy.
"Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power," Obama said. "So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation."
Carafano said the superpower remark was no "Freudian slip" and that the West Point speech amounted to more than just rhetoric -- he said the administration has already started undermining U.S. sovereignty with its arms reduction treaty with Russia.
As usual, Mike Mickey on Rapture Alert has put things in appropriate perspective. This one is worth posting in its entirety:
Obama and the New International Order Revisited
by Michael G. Mickey
In bible prophecy we are told that a global government, a new world order, is going to arise in the prophetic future that will see one man, the prophesied Antichrist to come, hold power "over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations"(Revelation 13:7). Are we on our way to that becoming a reality? I believe so beyond any doubt.
On May 25, 2010 I wrote a commentary (with video footage attached) describing how President Obama, speaking before a recent graduating class at West Point, said, "We have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation." In that same commentary I highlighted the fact that Vice President Joe Biden, speaking before the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, said the following recently: "As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, D.C. as the 'capital of the free world', but it seems to me that in this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title."
If there is presently any conglomerate of power formed in our world today that could serve as the foundation for the future global government of Antichrist, it is today's European Union. With its 27 member nations and common currency, there is little room for doubt that this is the revived Roman empire foretold by the prophet Daniel on the rise, the Beast government foreseen by the Apostle John in Revelation 13.
Against the backdrop of the recent developments spoken of above, a commentary I read yesterday, written by former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, only strengthens my suspicion that we are well on our way to global government becoming a reality. Entitled "Obama's national strategy embraces the international", the title practically says it all, but there are a few key points I'd like to discuss from within the document.
Surrendering our national sovereignty
Consider the following written by Dr. Solana:
"In the face of the major challenges of our times, Mr Obama has taken a stand with a comprehensive doctrine that goes beyond the dominant, unilateral paradigm and includes a defence of international law. This is noteworthy, given that none of the great treaties to create an international criminal court and a permanent war-crimes tribunal was signed by the US during George W Bush's presidency."
The bottom line? The USA, under the leadership of President Obama, is much more conformist in its willingness to give the international community power over U.S. citizens, perhaps opening the door for the International Criminal Court to try Americans for crimes as it deems necessary. Self-explanatory in my opinion, this serves no one's best interests other than those of global government proponents.
Reinforcing international institutions
Solana writes the following of interest on this topic:
"Mr Obama maintains the idea of service to a historical mission for the US: guaranteeing global security. But, unlike his White House predecessors, Mr Obama's National Security Strategy recognises the value of partnerships; attaches greater importance to the civilian dimension as opposed to the military; and stresses the value of dialogue and the need to reinforce international institutions."
Have "international institutions" like the United Nations, for example, consistently served the best interests of the United States or even humanity thus far? One need look no further than the recent Gaza flotilla incident to answer that question. In spite of video being readily available for anyone and everyone to see documenting Israeli commandos being beaten with metal rods by a lynch mob aboard the ship Mavi Marmara and being thrown from upper decks of the vessel to lower ones, the UN continues to act as though Israel is to blame for the loss of life there. This is the sort of injustice that President Obama's administration hopes to reinforce? Apparently so, at least from Solana's perspective.
Transitioning to global governance
Of interest on this topic, Solana writes the following as a conclusion to his commentary:
"We are in a transition period: international interconnection is increasing, as the global economic crisis has shown, but the management tools and mechanisms to guarantee governments' smooth operation are still not being shared. Mr Obama's new strategy shows a political willingness to back an international order able to tackle these challenges."
Some have argued that the recent global economic crisis, which was headline news in the United States a short time ago and is now a major concern in the European Union, is signaling that those who believe the European Union to be the revived Roman empire of bible prophecy in the making are wrong. While it is conceivable that is true in light of Daniel's prophecy of ten kings holding power in the final kingdom from within which the Antichrist will arise and uproot three kings en route to establishing his global kingdom (Daniel 7), orchestrated crisis has reportedly been a mechanism global power brokers have been planning to use to reach their end goal of a global government for a long time.
Whether orchestrated or not, one need look no further than what Solana wrote above to see that the recent global economic crisis hasn't slowed our movement toward global governance but forwarded it, opening the door for what Solana refers to as "management tools and mechanisms" designed to control the global economy to be strengthened (KEYWORD: strengthened). It is going to take an international order to tackle that challenge as well as others - and Javier Solana, someone most everyone believes to be an influential voice in getting that order established, believes President Obama is a willing partner in bringing it to pass. Furthermore, Solana believes we are transitioning toward same right now! Based on recent developments, I see no reason to suspect he is anything other than correct.
Keep looking up!
As prophecy scholars have seen written in the scriptures - America takes a back-seat during the Tribulation. There is simply no mention or reference to the United States anywhere in the vivid descriptions seen in Revelation 6-18 (a detailed view of the Tribulation), nor anywhere else in the biblical prophecies about "end times"... We see references to the "Kings of the East", the revived Roman Empire/"10 Kings", the "Kings of the North", the "Gog-MaGog" alliance etc., but no reference to the U.S.
Because of this, there have always been several assumptions regarding the U.S.
1. It could become part of the "10 Kings", particularly under the assumption that the "10 Kings" ends up being 10 regions of the world. Perhaps the U.S. would become part of a North American Union (one of the 10 Kings?), or the U.S. simply gets folded into a growing EU prior to the development of the 10 Kings phase. (see European Union Map of 10 World Regions HERE)
2. The U.S. becomes severely and disproportionately weakened as a result of the Rapture of the Church.
3. The U.S. remains as it is today, but simply doesn't receive any mention in the detailed visions of the Tribulation.
It is anyone's guess as to why the U.S. isn't referenced. Under #1 above, it is very interesting that the EU's main website has proactively divided the world into 10 regions. Is that a coincidence?
It could be that the U.S., particularly following the Rapture of the Church, simply decides to take a "back-seat" and enter into a period of isolation - not entering into international affiars. That also seems quite possible.
However, the fact remains that the Rapture of the Church - a pre-Tribulation event, will change the world dramatically and instantly. Who knows where that will lead?
Ultimately, it may not matter a whole lot - to the Church anyway - we have our own fate to consider. And it is much better than anything happening on the earth.