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Newsline: US brings carrot-and-stick diplomacy to UN

US President Joe Biden took a big carrot to the Big Apple for his UN speech — and for the Russians, an even bigger stick. In an approximately half-hour address Wednesday to the UN General Assembly, Biden covered a litany of global problems, from the war in Ukraine to tension around Taiwan, hunger in Africa and climate change everywhere. In every case, he said, the United States was ready to act. (https://news.yahoo.com/biden-brings-carrot-stick-diplomacy-020339928.html) It was confirmation of the credo Biden has preached since the day he took office: that America is back, and that means back on top. Unlike isolationist Donald Trump, who ditched international agreements, entered erratic relationships with US foes and treated US allies as a nuisance, Biden’s worldview, laid out from the podium of the UN’s huge hall, was more straightforward. The United States will get involved everywhere, he said. The only question is whether that will be with a carrot — or, as with Russia, a stick.

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