Miguel d’Escoto, outgoing president of the United Nations General Assembly, says President Barack Obama faces extraordinary pressure from entrenched power centers within the United States opposed to his promised “new mindset” toward world problems.
"I really trust President Obama," said d'Escoto, a Nicaraguan, "but he is going up against the same reactionary forces that we faced in the Third World when we tried to change things."
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D’Escoto noted that those pressures have caused Obama to shy from addressing past U.S. abuses in Latin America, but he said Obama could take some actions unilaterally, such as freeing five Cuban intelligence officers who infiltrated Miami-based Cuban terrorist groups to expose planned attacks but were then imprisoned by the United States.
D’Escoto also criticized the UN General Assembly for failing to hold the Bush administration accountable for its illegal invasion of Iraq. "The inability of the United Nations to unequivocally reject the Iraq war has been a major factor in its demise", he said.
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