"I am convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action... enhances our security"
On Tuesday President Obama met with world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly where he campaigned against presidential candidate Donald Trump and national sovereignty.
Amid several calls for America to open its doors to Syrian refugees, Obama went on to admit he believed the US should “constrain” its freedoms within the UN’s international laws.
And we can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding — to replace the ravages of war with cooperation — if powerful nations like my own accept constraints. Sometimes I’m criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions. But I am convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action — not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to international rules over the long term — enhances our security. And I think that’s not just true for us.