The story says that he will affirm the freedom of speech, but the “roots of Muslim rage” can only be “confronted” by abandoning it. So what he will actually do is unclear. “Obama to urge UN to confront roots of Muslim rage,” by Ben Feller for the Associated Press, September 25 (thanks to Block Ness):
NEW YORK (AP) — Campaign politics shadowing every word, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will challenge the world to confront the root causes of rage exploding across the Muslim world, calling it a defining choice “between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common.”
Obama will step before the United Nations General Assembly and declare that the United States will not shrink from its role in troubled, transitioning nations despite the killing of four Americans in Libya, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, and more than 50 people total in violence linked at least in part to an anti-Muslim film….
“Today, we must affirm that our future will be determined by people like Chris Stevens, and not by his killers,” Obama said of the U.S. ambassador, who was killed during an assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that the White House has deemed a terrorist attack. “Today, we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our United Nations.”…
“Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,” Obama says in his speech. He adds: “That is why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that is why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”…
The dominant theme of Obama’s U.N. speech will be his response to the protests raging in places across the Middle East and North Africa. As he has for days, Obama will condemn the violence, defend democratic principles of free speech and promise no U.S. withdrawal of outreach.
Much of the growing ire is aimed at the United States because of anti-Islam film produced in this country, but the White House has now deemed the attack on its consulate in Libya a “terrorist attack” and has not ruled out the possibility it was premeditated. Obama now says it “wasn’t just a mob action.”
“There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents,” Obama says in the speech excerpts. “There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There is no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.”…
Polling shows Obama has a clear edge over Romney when voters are asked who they think is a stronger leader and would better protect the country.
Which shows that the voters who were polled have not the first foggiest idea of what is going on in the world today.