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massachusetts, connie's video. >> who sent this one in, my daughter. it was far away but i said make it far away and she rushed off to school. >> she followed daddy's instructions. >> thanks for joining us. see you back here tomorrow everybody. >> be yourself. bill: president obama, vladimir putin set to meet as the russian president continues to talk to the united states as we wake up to a new deal cut with some folks that will surprise you. heather: the two leaders are set to face off after facing the united nations general assembly. the move reportedly taking the obama administration completely by surprise.
kevin there are reports of the two side can't even agree on who called the meeting or what will be discussed. >> reporter: when that happens you know it doesn't bode well. russia did call this meeting because they need to make sure they can try to manage the potential powder keg in syria. they have a long existing relationship with the assad regime and it's in their interests to make sure if he's out of power and eventually there will be, that there is not a power vacuum the likes of which we saw when saddam hussein was deposed in iraq. they are hopeful today's meeting with vladimir putin will help in the transition. >> the reaction from the russians is responding from weakness. they are concerned about losing
interest in the government. >> reporter: there is a major topic we'll hear about following this meeting and that's ukraine. the white house long insisted the russian incursion into crimea dramatically increased problems in the region. so the white house will want to press that have much. we'll see how the white house will get along. the white house will be addressing this assembly on the 70th anniversary of the u.n. of course, we'll have live reporting for you all day long. >> reporter: a fundamental question, is putin getting the better of president obama. he's live later this hour here in america's newsroom. he says this meeting is not necessary. he's got more to say, it will carry the president's address.
bill: this is new inside of america's newsroom. brand-new numbers show donald dd trump's lead in the polls has all but evaporated. he is now running neck and neck with ben carson. trump says he will release his tax plan today. >> a substantial reduction for the middle income people. our middle class is being decimated. >> who are you going to raise taxes on. >> some wealthy are going to be raised. some people who are getting unfair deductions will be raised. there be a large segment of our country that will have a zero
rate. bill: what does the tax plan do for trump right now? >> it gets him back in the policy game. it seems as if a lot of his campaign has been with feuds with marco rubio or carly fiorina or fox news. this gets him back in the area of politician, a candidate actually proposing policy. you know how controversial his immigration policies were. he also rolled out a policy proposal on the second amendment. this will attract a lot of attention because it will go against republican forth dock. bill: based on what we know how does it shape up? >> the biggest part about going against orthodoxy is raising taxes on the rich. it's been a republican rule in
the past they don't want to raise taxes on anybody. if you lower taxes across the board, people in the lower and middle income ranges do save money but the people in the upper income ranges save more money. i think trump wants to avoid that. he's so wealthy himself, he scored points against the quote helping fund guys which are people in the financial industry who make vast amounts of money and pay lower income tax rates. i think you will get a lot of praise for some of the proposals. bill: they are rich, they know how this stuff works. the polls. trump had a slide. what's moving here? >> no doubt about that. trump if you look at the new wall street journal poll. it looks like trump is where he was six weeks ago. but he peaked in between there. he got up to 30%.
he does appear to be sliding a bit. not clear if he's going to plateau out. but what is clear is dr. ben carson essentially tied him. so there are two people at the top of the race. >> you mention carson a point behind. what's going on with jeb bush. he dropped point. >> if you look at this "wall street journal" poll, jeb bush lost 2/3 of his support in june. that's got to be something that concerns the bush campaign. i had communications with hip yesterday about this. they expressed great confidence. they feel a slow and steady approach will work for governor bush. they stress they have gotten enough money to go through not just the early primaries with but a lot of his donors and supporters are getting nervous
about these numbers. byron york in washington, d.c. >> new fallout after john boehner announced he will resign as speaker of the house at the end of october. boehner blasting his conservative quit i can saying their strategy is cooped to fail. >> the bible says beware of false photograph gets. there are people spreading noise about how much can get done. this idea we are going to shut down the government to get rid of obamacare in 2013, this plan never had a chance. >> the lesson for conservative house republicans could be be careful what you wish for
because your wish may be granted. there is a deep division within the party. >> the reason people are so frustrated out of their mind with washington is as conservatives we keep wing elects and the people we elect don't do what they said they would do. i hope this serves as a wake-up call to house leadership. >> this is a guy for 25 years had a distinguished record in the house. i'm talking about boehner. i would stack his accomplish thes up against the people criticizing him. it's easy to defend john boehner. >> reporter: the other part of the problem is while others criticize the deeply
dysfunctional washington, it's working the way the founders wanted. we have got gridlock in washington. but it's a constitutionally mandated system. in addition, boehner helped set up his own demise. seniority doesn't mean wait used to be. in the digital age donors can raise their own money by reaching out to constituents on the web. that's an option no longer available to any member who succeed john boehner. bill: kentucky senator and republican presidential president rand paul will stop by in a few moments. we'll discuss these matters with him. kevin mccarthy. is that going happen.
heat are * hillary clinton calling it just another conspiracy theory. judge napolitano on whether this is all just easily dismissible. plus this. bill: the stage literally coming down on carly fiorina. her poll numbers, continue to go up. >> these polls don't matter. they don't filter out the people that aren't going to vote. i know it's an obsession because it frames the debate for people for that week. but i'm in it for the long haul.
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someone yelling truck was to blame. carly fiorina yelling truck, hillary, it could have been lots of people. bill: we expect president obama to arrive of any minute. he will have a private meeting with vladimir putin at the united nations. putin giving his full support to syria's president and tawrnting the u.s. for its failure to stop isis. he did that right before his meeting with our president. listen. >> we support the government of syria and it's my deep belief any actions to the contrary to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation you can witness now in the other countries of the region, such as in libya, where all the state institutions are disintegrated.
bill: senator rand paul this our studio. what do you think's going on. >> i think the most important thing is we do talk with our adversaries. i'm all for engagement and we have to have discussion. in the presidential debate carly fiorina said i'll never talk to putin. but you have know reagan talk nod gorbachev. while russia has done a lot of bad things, they could help with isis. bill: the administration doesn't know what putin is up to and they are hoping for clarification. >> two years ago when assad was more precarious we could have seen assad go to russia and seen a ceasefire. russia has influence there, so does return and iraq. there needs to be a discussion
of all those who have influence in the region to say what do we do to stop isis and get syria away from being a failed state. bill: the headline is russia cut a deal with iraq and iran and they are going to go after isis. >> iraq is an enemy, the baghdad government an enemy, and so is syria. but syria has not been able to do much. i think we shouldn't get arms and weapons to assad. and we have been fighting against assad in flying the arms that have gone against assad. the first thing i would have done, a year or two ago i wouldn't have been supplying arms that wound up in the arms of isis. we've helped isis inadvertently
by supplying so many arms that ended up being used in that civil war. bill: john baner turned everybody. what do you have think is going on in congress with the pushback. >> conservatives are unhappy. we got republicans elected in the house of representees and the senate and nothing is change. i'm one who is also frustrated. i say we should exert the power of the purse. people say it takes 60 votes. it's just temperature opposite. if you let everything expire it would take 60 votes to pass something. then bad programs would fall by the wayside like planned parenthood. >> do you think someone like
john boehner had the guts? >> they seemed to preemptively announce we are defeated and we can't do anything. the grass roots says why don't we elect up if you are not going to stand up and take some risks. bill: mitch mcconnell, do you support him in leadership. >> i say we have to use the power of the purse. we should put the oh preach yaition bills forward. if they are willing to filibuster and government shuts down we should then say it's democrats that shut down the government. if we don't put down the bills what will continue is the continuing resolution. bill: mitch mcconnell dwob you support him or not? >> there isn't a battle or election going on for any other choices.
bill: so you are behind him for now unless someone else emerges? >> there is no battle going on. we should take the power of the purse and use it. i will oppose senator mcconnell when he brings forward the continuing resolution. but it isn't about opposing a person. it's about us using the power of the purse. bill: new polling is out. ben carson sat 20. you are down the list somewhat considerably. he said over the weekend it's time for to you drop out. >> he makes me laugh but i don't think i want a clown for president. i think this is resorting itself. the numbers are changing. this is very early. we organized 350 college campuses. we have 1,000 kids who are going to caucus for us in iowa. it will be next spring.
reach the driver. that's an officer's body camera rolling as the crews lift the driver to safety. airlift him to the hospital, now in stable condition. police say they are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in that crash. heather: the state department says they uncovered a stream of emails that western never turned over, contradicting clinton's claim she provided a full record of her e-mails. there are emails she exchanged with general david petraeus. she says she can explain. >> there was a transition period. i wasn't that focused on my email account.
i think it's fair to say there are some things about this i just can't control. i can't control the technical aspects of it. i'm not by any means a technical expert. i relied on people who were. heather: judge napolitano is a senior fox news analyst. we had a transition period, i am not a technical person and relied on people who were. >> if she is charged by a grand jury with theft of government property, and failure to safeguard classified material, the answer is no, it's not a defense to failure to safeguard classified material. >> it sounds like she would like to set it up in that direction
at least in the jury of public opinion because her approval ratings have gone down so much and her disfavorrable, we don't believe her ratings have gone up so much in large measure because the explanations she has given for her behavior in this case are contradictory and keep changing. some of them with perilous to her. she certified under penalty of perjury to a federal judge that she returned everything she had taken from the state department back to the state department. what he now know that is not true. she has exchanged emails containing classified materials with people who lacked classified clearance. she can't justify that saying i didn't know it was classified.
as secretary of state she is obliged to know what is classified. heather: you would think that she should know that without someone telling her. >> she is going to argue if she is indicted or this gets up to another level because the word classified was not stamped on it, it was not classified. guess what, it's never stamped classified. and many of them are so obviously secret they don't have to say confidential, secret or top secret. but it will say foreign intel which as a matter of law is always in the classified category. heather: will anything happen to her? >> i think there is enough evidence to indict. she is being investigated by a team of investigators who couldn't care less what her last name is. these are the same investigators
who sought the indictment and getting the conviction of general david petraeus. and the prosecutor who prosecuted general petraeus was transferred from another assignment to this assignment as the head of this team investigating her emails and what she did with them. bill: the washington nationals getting downright nasty with each other. giving new word to the meaning chokers. that's harsh. heather: his weekend marks three years in an iranian prison for an american prisoner. the pastor's wife joins us live. >> i couldn't explain yes ways specifically taken to prison. finally they kept saying does daddy not love us anymore.
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by we are awaiting president obama's speech at the united nations. he will sit down with the russian president for a face-to-face meeting. big day there. you will not miss it. next hour we'll have that speech live for you here. heather: make or break time for jeb bush. new report top donors are warning the florida governor needs to make a move or risk losing his supporters to other candidates. mary and mash and matt schlap, thank you beth for joining us.
i'll start with you, matt. is jeb bush in trouble? >> no, i can't believe he's pleased to see the latest polls. but the margin of error is 6.5%. if you look at that margin of error, he could be leading the polls. there is a lot of change to come. we are 100 days from when ballot get cast. the last thing he need to do is panic. heather: do you agree, we are taking a look at that poll. his numbers have gone down. what do you think he need to do to bounce back? >> i don't think he's got an answer. everyone is waiting for the real jeb bush to show up and i think this is the real jeb bush and
that's the problem. when republicans is so up jet with washington and wall street and he's all three. he isn't performing as a candidate. if he doesn't change any of those things, there is only 127 days left to iowa. 135 to new hampshire. if he doesn't change the dynamic of this race, there is no way he's going to get the nomination. and at this point i don't think he will do that. heather: he does not seem concerned. this was jeb bush on fox news sunday. >> campaigns are about getting better every day. candidates have to get better and that's what i intend to do. i'm running with heart and we are make great progress. these polls don't matter.
they don't filter out the people who aren't going to vote. it's an obsession because it frames the debate for people for that week. but i'm tonight for the long haul. >> the polls do matter in the sense these debates have been so important and determine who gets on the maintain. he does haven't to worry about that. the polls matter in the sense republican donors worry and freight over them. jeb bush facebook if he's going to win this nomination he has to fight for it. he's going to do that. when it comes to scott walker getting out of the race, it gives jeb bush an even bigger platform. he hasn't spent one day in office in washington, d.c.
in florida he cut taxes and stood up against planned parenthood. heather: the supporters moving from walker, now a battle between rubio and bush. talking about how he overcops his personality issues. we saw him try to do that the last debate. >> and he didn't. just because you say it doesn't make it true. jeb bush says he's going to get better, he has yet to do that. whether it's town halls, interviews like the one on fox sunday, i heard that interview with chris and he segment, he clip from jeb bush i kept tweeting, huh? he's a guy who hasn't run since the 90s and that shows or he's just not up to the task. either one of those won't win you the nomination.
>> it's fair to say that marianne is not going support jeb bush. >> he's monthsing to marco rubio in florida, a state he -- he's losing to marco rubio in florida, a state he was the governor of. >> rubio is a fine candidate. when it comes to the florida primary, rubio probably will not survive that. you have gotten the majority of the big donors. don't panic about the polls but you have got to continue to hammer away at our conservative record while you were governor of florida. sorry, maryanne, we'll get next to you next time. bill: things getting chippy in
the nationals dugout. papelbon said he was in the wrong. they hashed it out, everything is cool. they were eliminated from the postseason. heather: that's what they call a base brawl. you have got ufc on the weekend. heat are * they get competitive out there. i love baseball but i like football better. it's high noon at the united nations. vladimir putin is set to announce his country will get involved in the fight against isis.
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eclipse begins with a super moon. the next super blood moon won't be seen until 2033. i couldn't sight at all. i was disappointed. bill: everybody on every street corner had their cameras. breaking news. president obama set to speak moments from now at the united nations, ahead of his meeting with russian president vladimir putin. russia says it will take on isis. senator john mccain, my guest from the hill. welcome back here and good morning to you. >> thanks, bill, i look forward to look at the next blood moon with you.
putin is filling a vacuum and headlines --'s moving troops into western syria. he's cutting deals with iraq and iran to help assad stay in power. what in the world is going on and has he outplayed the united states in this situation? >> he played the united states like a stradivarius. we have no strategy or plans beside airstrikes which have clearly been ineffectual. we now see the other nations in the region adjusting to a vacuum created by with the drawl of the united states. whether it be the arab countries going to moscow and doing arms deals or the iraqis announce, not tells us, announcing they are going to share intelligence with russia, iran and syria. that means bashar al-assad.
so they have an alliance with bashar al-assad. there is no strategy and the chickens have come home to roost. one of the most incredible statement i have ever seen the vice president presidential spokesman when he said the president felt vidged kateed by the failure of the training program that the general said is four or five people. that the president was vindicated because he was against it all along. bill: i think the pentagon upped that number from 5 to 9. so you have got 9 on your side. you talk about the dangers here. what about talk with putin today. you got a problem with that? >> the ukrainians are very nervous about it. is the president going to throw them under the bus and basically
acknowledge the dismemberment of that country putin has been responsible for? i'm not against the president speaking with putin, but when the secretary of state calls the foreign minister of russia three times to try to find out what russia is doing. what is that. what kind of leadership role is that. i think in dates of ronald reagan. it would have been one phone call. and it's stop what you are doing and you will pay a heavy price for it. now they are in big time of which is an ambition of vladimir putin. bill: donald trump said this about take on isis. >> we are fighting isis and assad has to say they are the nicest or dumbest people i have ever northern.
>> let them december troy assad and we go in behind that. >> russia wants to get rid of isis. let russia do it. what the hell do we care? >> what do we care about evil people? what do we care about an organization that destroys antiquities that especially targets christians for execution and slavery. i don't know why we should care. i guess he's got a point. isis we now know that's thousands more are pouring into jit and iraq and syria. we know this problem is of the utmost seriousness. it's spreading throughout the middle east. isis is establishing itself in afghanistan. i respectfully disagree with mr. trump's assessment as i have
on several others including his statement, just take away their oil. i don't understand that one either. but the majorpoint is the total mis -- but the major point is the total lack of strategy by this president of the united states that created a flood refugees. general he tray us said what we have been saying all along. set up a buffer zone. stop the barrel bombing, train and equip people. none of that has happened. bill: within the party there in washington. things are moving. john boehner will be out in about a month. up said you would be happy to go over and talk to our house members. what would you say? >> i would say to my house members i respect them, i respect them. i don't mean to denigrate what they are doing. isn't it better for us to rather than attack each other, attack each other's motives and
integrity, shouldn't we join together and come up with a common agenda and work together to elect the next president of the united states and keep our majorities? i think there is common ground, we should seek that. let's remember donald reagan. let's remember the 11th commandment. i'm more than willing to sit down with them on foreign aid and foreign policy. bill: thank you for your time on the hilda. heather: stay with us. nasa is set to announce what they call a major discovery on the red planet. what could it be? just viral marketing for the matt damon movie? i don't think so. >> i have got to figure out how to grow 40 years worth food on a
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20-year-old woman died yesterday. good morning, dan. >> reporter: national transportation safety board investigators have not said what caused that horrific crash but they are look at the possibility of a major mechanical failure and a repair job job that did not get dong. witnesses describe seeing liquid coming from the front wheel area just before it hit a tour bus. we could see that front tire was completely off the axle. they found a potentially dangerous failure point in these world war ii amphibious vehicles that was given two years ago. >> i looked at the failure [inaudible] >> reporter: the president of
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but the world'size are watching the sidelines where the president -- the world's eyes are watching the sidelines where the president is set to meet with vladimir putin. i'm bill hemmer. heather: i'm heather childers in or martha maccallum. the president will use today's address as a final opportunity to press his global agenda. his speech said to focus on climate change and at war against isis. bill: bring it, you hav -- brita serious matter in the middle east. they weren't sure what putin was up to. how in the world does this happen. how could it be that we did not know what's going on?
>> reporter: it can be this president has just about eliminated american influence in much of the world and certainly in that part of the world. and his influence with vladimir putin is at low ebb as well. putin is inserting himself and his military into the conflict with syria on the side of bar or al-assad. someone the president has advocated be deposed. he doesn't know what he's doing in syria. it's not too hard to figure it out. it's been u.s. policy for a long time to avoid russian influence in the middle east, now we have it. bill: reports are he's working with iraq and iran. i don't know how that gets by when you have air miss over iraq
and syria. we have a "wall street journal" poll to look at for the republican nomination. donald trump hold on to a lead by a thin margin over ben carson. that poll has a grand total of 230 primary voter. where is this race now as you reflect on that? >> the race is tightening and changing a bit. if you look at all the polls you can see mr. trump while still leading in the has his lead has diminished. ben carson continues to do well. carly fiorina has begin to rise as has marco rubio. and that's sort of where the across is. and i think probably the most interesting part of this is the extent to which the polling suggests donald trump as at least leveled off. his support does not appear to be continuing to grow. and perhaps's begun to decline.
a lot of people predicted this for a long time. he's shown considerable staying power. bill: they argue trump, they need to show us your policy. jeb bush told chris wallace the following about the polls we are talking about yesterday on sunday. >> these polls don't matter. they don't filter out the people who weren't going to vote. i know it's an obsession because it frames the debate for people for that week. but i'm in it for the long haul. bill: he suggests, i have got a lot of money soy not going anywhere. >> reporter: he does have a lot of money. he probably spent a lot. i don't have any figures at my fingertips how w how well his wr chest is holding up.
i think he knew going into this there would be resistance because of his name. he had to build a campaign that could be a sore early hits. they got some early hits. and if he's going to be in his until the end he has to survive for many months longer. now we are reading report that some of his supporters and financial backers are getting nervous and want hip to raise his game. i suppose he tried but it isn't showing up in the numbers. bill: real clear politics shows donald trump at 23% and ben carson at 17%. based on the schedule he's the first significant speaker here
at the u.n. in new york. we were told putin will speak around 5:00 in new york. tomorrow he will meet with raoul castro from cuba. just finish the thought on ben carson. why is he hanging in there as well as he has? what do republicans see in this man to give him a second place margin in that poll? >> they see an outsider, a man with an appealing personality. humble in his demeanor, and they see someone new. this is a party whose electorate is reckless and restive and looking for someone outside politic because they feel the politicians have let them down. been carson has had an amazing career as doctors.
he seems to talk well enough to suit them though he once in a x he makes a mistake by is common for inexpensed politicos. -- inexperienced politicos. heather: donald trump set to reveal his tax plan in just about an hour. he gave 60 minutes a preview last night. >> there will be a large segment of our country that will have a zero rate and that's something i haven't told anybody. heat are * how much people would see a tax cut under trup''s plan? >> he talks about that zero rate. 31 million household are not
paying income tax. >> some wealthy will be raised and some getting unfair deductions will be raised. it will be an incentive to grow the economy. i think we'll have something that will be spectacular. >> he says if he wins, middle class taxes will go down as well and we expect to hear about flat one hour. >> what ropter specifics are we getting about trump's plan for the economy? >> there is a focus of bringing jobs that have gone abroad back. that has been a theme of his campaign so far. what's new today are the specifics about how he plan to the get those jobs back. a president trump would have a 15% tax rate for corporations
that ra are based here and he could tax all the money american companies are make overseas and give them a few years to pay it off. it would be a 10% one-time tax. bill: fox news alert from jeff seas. the taliban launching a full-scale ascawlt on a prison setting everyone free. the militants seizing a hospital, a courthouse and other government buildings there. the taliban locked in a fierce battle with the government. the city has to function now without the help of u.s. or nato forces. heather: a big day ahead. we are after he waiting his address to the general assembly. the president will sit down with
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that's why i got a subaru impreza. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. heather: rohani is in new york for the u.s. general assembly. he says fuvment s. takes step to release 19 iranian citizens on charge related to sanctions against the iran nuclear program maybe iran could arrange the release of u.s. citizens. in the meanwhile saeed abedini's imprisonment hits the 3-year mark. let's start with a rohani had to say.
you always referred to your husband as a hostage. does it further make you believe that? >> they are saying the possibility of a prisoner exchange might create the & 40s release of americans. i think the appalachians should have been created with billions in sanction relief. my husband has broken no laws, according to the united nations report, iran is violating its own laws and international laws by holding him. they are holding him for being christian. they are asking criminals be released in exchange for someone who has broken no laws. heather: this is a quote. if the americans take appropriate actions vis-a-vis iranians being held here, precip
bring cal actions could be taking -- perhaps. they say they might -- there might be an environment to discuss the release of americans. until saeed is back on american soil i can't trust anything they say. the three-year anniversary was just this past saturday. what is the latest as you know it? he's been, i think tuesday of this week he was tasered, he was beaten, told he would be given additional charges, and this is, again, at a time where iran's trying to enter the world, you know, the world market, the world, you know, become part of -- heather: when we've made this nuclear deal with them as well. >> they're beating him, they're abusing him, they're giving him additional charges. three years ago on saturday he was put in prison, and the
situation for him continues to get worse. he has internal issues, internal injuries that the iranian government -- heather: how do you find out that type of information? >> so the kids and i have not seen my be husband for over three, close to three and a half years since he left to work on the orphanage, but his family, his parents in iran are able to visit him every wednesday, and that's how we get the updates. heather: when you heard about this deal that was being struck in terms of the nuclear deal with iran, how did that make you feel? do you believe your husband should have been released before that ever took place? >> exactly. that's part of my with our own s we asked that said would be discussed before even starting the discussion on the nuclear deal. asked our administration to release said and -- heather: and what was their answer? >> they didn't want to involve the two, we've got this, they believe iran will act in good
faith. they really believe the deal will create the environment. heather: we'll have to see what happens. thank you so much for joining us. bill: breaking knew news, some major headlines will come out of this address, president obama now in the room at the u.n. general assembly. some of the guidance we have from the white house have not seen the speech just yet, but apparently he's going to make the case that countries succeed when they work with cooperation and are weaker and, ultimately, fail when they pursue a path of aggression. this a direct shot at vladimir putin and russia, so we'll see how these words come out now. president obama, u.n. g.a., his final address as president. >> mr. secretary general, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen, 70 years after the founding of the united nations, it is worth reflecting on what together the members of this body have helped
to achieve. out of the ashes of the second world war, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, the united states has worked with many nations in this assembly to prevent a third world war by forging alliances with old adversaries, by supporting the steady emergence of strong democracies accountable to their people instead of any foreign power. and by building an international system that imposes a cost on those who choose conflict over cooperation, an order that recognizes the dignity and equal worth of all people. that is the work of seven decades.
that is the ideal that this body at its best has pursued. of course, there have been too many times when collectively we have fallen short of these ideals. over seven decades terrible conflicts have claimed untold victims. but we have pressed forward slowly, steadily to make a system of international rules and norms that are better and stronger and more consistent. it is this international order that is unwritten -- underwritten, unparalleled advances in human liberty and prosperity. it is this collective endeavor that's brought about diplomatic cooperation between the world's major powers and buttressed a
global economy that has lifted more than a billion people from poverty. it is these international principles that have helped constrain bigger countries from imposing our will on smaller ones and advanced the emergence of democracy and development and individual liberty on every continent. this progress is real. it can be documented in lives saved and agreements forged and diseases conquered and in mouths fed. and yet we come together today knowing that the march of human progress never travels in a straight line, that our work is far from complete, that dangerous currents risk pulling us back into a darker, more disordered world. today we see the collapse of
strong men and fragile states breeding conflict and driving innocent men, women and children across borders on an epic scale. brutal networks of terror have stepped into the vacuum. technologies that empower individuals are now also exploited by those who spread disinformation or suppress dissent or radicalize our youth. global capital flows have powered growth in investment but also increased risk of contagion, weakened the bargaining power of workers and accelerated inequality. how should we respond to these trends? there are those who argue that the ideals enshrined in the u.n.
charter are unachievable or out of date. a legacy of a postwar era not suited to our own. effectively, they argue for return to the rules that applied for most of human history and that predate this institution. the belief that power is a zero sum game, that might makes right, that strong states must impose their will on weaker ones, that the rights of individuals don't matter and that in a time of rapid change, order must be imposed by force. on this basis we see some major powers assert themselves in ways that contravene international law. we see an erosion of the democratic principles and human rights that are fundamental to this institution's mission.
information is strictly controlled, the space for civil society restricted. we're told that such retrenchment is required to beat back disorder, that it's the only way to stamp out terrorism or prevent foreign meddling. in accordance with this logic, we should support tyrants like bashar al assad who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children because the alternative is surely worse. the increasing skepticism of our international order can also be found in the most advanced democracies. we see greater polarization, more frequent gridlock, movements on the far right -- and sometimes the left -- that insist on stopping the the trade
that binds our faiths to other nations. -- our fates to other nations. calling for the building of walls to keep out immigrants. most ominously, we see the fears of ordinary people being exploited through appeals to sectarianism or tribalism or racism or anti-semitism. appeals to a glorious past before the body politic was infected by those who look different or worship god differently. the a politics of us versus them. the united states is not immune from this. even as our economy is growing and our troop ares have large -- troops have largely returned from iraq and afghanistan, we see in our debates about america's role in the world a notion of strength that is
defined by opposition to old enemies, perceived adversaries, a rising china or resurgent russia, a revolutionary iran or an islam that is incompatible with peace. we see an argument made that the only strength that matters for the united states is bellicose words and shows of military force, that cooperation and diplomacy will not work. as president of the united states, i am mindful of the dangers that we face. they cross my desk every morning. i lead the strongest military that the world has ever known, and i will never hesitate to
protect my country or our allies unilaterally and by force where necessary. but i stand before you today believing in my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion. we cannot look backwards. we live in an integrated world, one in which we all have a stake in each other's success. we cannot turn back those forces of integration. no nation in this assembly can insulate itself from the threat of terrorism or the risk of financial contagion, the flow of migrants or the danger of a warming planet. the disorder we see is not driven solely by competition
between nations or any single ideology. and if we cannot work together more effectively, we will all suffer the consequences. that is true for the united states as well no matter how powerful our military, how strong our economy. we understand the united states cannot solve the world's problems alone. and -- in iraq the united states learned the hard lesson that even hundreds of thousands of brave, effective troops, trillions of dollars from our treasury cannot by itself impose stability on a foreign land. unless we work with other nations under the mantle of
international norms and principles and law that offer legitimacy to our efforts, we will not succeed. and unless we work together to defeat the ideas that drive different communities in a country like iraq into conflict, any order that our militaries can impose will be temporary. and just as force alone cannot impose order internationally, i believe in my core that repression cannot forge the social adhesion for nations to succeed. the history of the last two decades proves that in today's world dictatorships are unstable. the strong men of today become the spark of revolution tomorrow. you can jail your opponents, but you can't imprison ideas. you can try to control access to information, but you cannot turn
a lie into truth. it is not a conspiracy of u.s.-backed ngos that expose corruption and raise the expectations of people around the globe, it's technology, social media and the irreducible desire of people everywhere to make their own choices about how they are governed. indeed, i believe that in today's world the measure of strength is no longer defined by the control of territory. lasting prosperity does not come solely from the ability to access and extract raw materials. the strength of nations depends on the success of their people, their knowledge, their innovation, their imagination, their creativity, their drive, their opportunity, and that in turn depends on individual rights and good governance and
personal security. internal repression and foreign aggression are both symptoms of the failure to provide this foundation. the politics and solidarity that depend on demonizing others, that draws on sectarianism or narrow tribalism may at times look like strength in the moment, but over time its weakness will be exposed. and history tells us that the dark forces unleashed by this type of politics surely makes all of us less secure. our world has been there before. we gain nothing from going back. instead i believe that we must go forward in pursuit of our ideals, not abandon them at this
critical time. we must give expression to our best hopes, not our deepest fears. this institution was founded because men and women who came before us had the foresight to know that our nations are more secure when we uphold basic laws and basic norms and pursue a path of cooperation over conflict. and strong nations above all have a responsibility to uphold this international order. let me give you a concrete example. after i took office, i made clear that one of the principle achievements of this body, the nuclear non-proliferation regime, was endangered by iran's violation of the npt. on that basis, the security council tightened sanctions on the iranian government, and many
nations joined us to enforce them. together we showed that laws and agreements mean something. but we also understood that the goal of sanctions was not simply to punish iran. our objective was to test whether iran could change course, accept constraints and allow the world to verify that its nuclear program will be peaceful. for two years the united states and our partners, including russia, including china, stuck together in complex negotiations. the result is a lasting, comprehensive deal that prevents iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon while allowing it to access peaceful energy. and if this deal is fully implemented, the prohibition on nuclear weapons is strengthened, a potential war is averted, our
world is safer. that is the strength of the international system when it works the way it should. that same fidelity to international order guides our responses to other challenges around the world. consider russia's annexation of crimea and further aggression in eastern ukraine. america has few economic interests in ukraine. we recognize the deep and complex history between russia and ukraine. but we cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated. if that happens without consequence in ukraine, it could happen to any nation gathered here today. that's the basis of the
sanctions that the united states and our partners impose on russia. it's not a desire to return to a cold war. now, within russia state-controlled media may describe these events as an example of a resurgent russia. a view shared, by the way, by a number of u.s. politicians and commentators who have always been deeply skeptical of russia and seem to be convinced a new cold war is, in fact, upon us. and, you know, look at the results. the ukrainian people are more interested in ever than aligning with europe instead of russia. sanctions have led to capital flight, a contracting economy, a fallen and the emigration of more educated russians. imagine if instead russia had
engaged in true diplomacy and worked with ukraine and the international community to insure its interests were protected. that would be better for ukraine but also better for russia. and better for the world. which is why we continue to press for this crisis to be resolved. in a way that allows a sovereign and democratic ukraine to determine its future and control its territory. not because we want to isolate russia. we don't. but because we want a strong russia that's invested and working with us to strengthen the international system as a whole. similarly in the south china sea, the united states makes no claim on territory there. we don't adjudicate claims. but like every nation gathered here, we have an interest in
upholding the basic principles of freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce and in resolving disputes through international law, not the law of force. so we will defend these principles while encouraging china and other claimants to resolve their differences peacefully. i say this recognizing that diplomacy is hard, that the outcomes are sometimes unsatisfying, that it's rarely politically popular. but i believe that leaders of large nations in particular have an obligation to take these risks precisely because we are strong enough to protect our interests if and when diplomacy
fails. i also believe that to move forward in this new era we have to be strong enough to acknowledge when what you're doing is not working. for 50 years the united states pursued a cuba policy that failed to improve the lives of the cuban people. we changed that. we continue to have differences with the cuban government, we will continue to stand up for human rights, but we address these issues through diplomatic relations and increased commerce and people-to-people ties. as these contacts yield progress, i'm confident that our congress will inevitably lift an embargo that should not be in place anymore. [applause]
change won't come overnight to cuba, but i'm confident that openness, not coercion, will support the reforms and better the life the cuban people deserve just as i believe that cuba will find its success if it pursues cooperation with other nations. now, if it's in the interest of major powers to uphold international standards, it is even more true for the rest of the community of nations. look around the world. from singapore to colombia to senegal, the facts show that nations succeed when they pursue an inclusive peace and prosperity within their borders and work cooperatively with countries beyond their borders. that path is now available to a nation like iran which, as of
this moment, continues to deploy violent proxies to advance its interests. these efforts may appear to give iran leverage in disputes with neighbors, but they fuel sectarian conflict that endangers the entire region and isolates iran from the promise of trade and commerce. the iranian people have a proud history and are filled with extraordinary potential. but chanting "death to america" does not create jobs or make iran more secure. if iran chooses a different path, that would be good for the security of the region, good for the iranian people and good for the world. of course, around the globe we will continue tock confronted -- to be confronted with nations who reject these lessons of history, places where civil strife and border disputes and
sectarian wars bring about terrorist enclaves and humanitarian disasters, where order has completely broken down we must act. but we will be stronger when we act together. in such efforts the united states will always do our part. we will do so mindful of the lessons of the past. not just the lessons of iraq, but also the example of libya where we joined an international coalition under a u.n. mandate to prevent a slaughter. even as we helped the libyan people bring an end to the reign of a tyrant, our coalition could have and should have done more to fill a vacuum left behind. we're grateful to the united nations for its efforts to forge a unity government.
we will help any legitimate libyan government as it works to bring the country together. but we also have to recognize that we must work more effectively in the future as an international community to build capacity for states that are in distress before they collapse. that's why we should celebrate the fact that later today the united states will join with more than 50 countries to enlist new capability; infantry, intelligence, helicopters, hospitals and tens of thousands of troops to strengthen united nations peacekeeping. [applause] these new capabilities can prevent mass killing and insure that peace agreements are more than words on paper.
but we have to do it together. together we must strengthen our collective capacity to establish security where order has broken down and to support those who seek a just and lasting peace. nowhere is our commitment to international order more tested than in syria. when a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation's internal affairs, it breeds human suffering on an order of magnitude that affects us all. likewise, when a terrorist group beheads captives, slaughters the innocent and enslaves women, it's not a single nation's national security problem, that is an assault on all our humanity.
i've said before and i will repeat, there is no room for accommodating an apocalyptic cult like isil, and the united states makes no apology for using our military as part of a broad coalition to go after them. we do so with a determination to insure that there will never be a safe haven for terrorists who carry out these crimes. and we have demonstrated over more than a decade of relentless pursuit of al-qaeda we will not be outlasted by extremists. but while military power is necessary, it is not sufficient to resolve the situation in syria. lasting stability can only take hold when the people of syria forge an agreement to live together peacefully. the united states is prepared to work with any nation, including russia and iran, to resolve the
conflict. but we must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo. let's remember how this started. assad reacted to peaceful protests by escalating repression and killing that in turn created the environment for the current strife. and so assad and his allies can't simply pacify the broad majority of a population who have been brutalized by chemical weapons and indiscriminate bombing. yes, realism dictates that compromise will be required to end the fighting and ultimately stamp out isil. but realism also requires a managed transition away from
assad and to a new leader and an inclusive government that recognizes there must be an end to this chaos so that the syrian people can begin to rebuild. we know that isil, which emerged out of the chaos of iraq and syria, depends on perpetual war to survive. but we also know that they gain adherence because of a poisonous ideology. so part of our job together is to work to reject such extremism that infects too many of our young people. part of that effort must be a continued rejection by muslims of those who distort islam to preach intolerance and promote violence, and it must also involve a rejection by non-muslims of the ignorance that equates islam with terror. [applause]
this work will take time. there are no easy answers to syria, and there are no simple answers to the changes that are taking place in much of the middle east and north africa. but so many families need help right now. they don't have time. that's why the united states is increasing the number of refugees who we welcome within our borders. that's why we will continue to be the largest donor of assistance to support those refugees. and today we are launching new efforts to insure that our people and our businesses, our universities and our ngo tos can help as well -- ngos can help as well. because in the faces of suffering families, our nation of immigrants sees ourselves. of course, in the old ways of thinking the plight of the
powerless, the plight of refugees, the plight of the marginalized did not matter. they were on the periphery of the world's concerns. today our concern for them is driven cannot just by -- driven not just by conscience, but should also be driven by self-interest. for helping people who have been pushed to the margins of our world is not mere charity, it is a matter of collective security. and the purpose of this institution is not merely to the avoid conflict, it is to galvanize the collective action that makes life better on this planet. the commitments we've made to the sustainable development goals speak to this truth. i believe that capitalism has been the greater creator of wealth and opportunity that the world has ever known. but from big cities to rural villages around the world, we also know that prosperity is still cruelly out of reach for
too many. as his holiness, pope francis, reminds us we are stronger when we value the least among these and see them as equal in dig diy toç ourselveses and our sons ad our daughters. we can roll back preventable disease and end the scourge of hiv/aids. we can stamp out pandemics that recognize no borders. that work may not be on television right now, but as we demonstrated in reversing the spread of ebola, it can save more live than anything else -- more lives than anything else we can do. together we can eradicate extreme poverty and erase barriers to opportunity, but this requires a sustained commitment to our people so farmers can feed more people, so entrepreneurs can start a business without paying a bribe, so young people have the skills they need to succeed in this
modern, knowledge-based economy. we can promote growth through trade that meets a higher standard, and that's what we're doing through the trans-pacific partnership, a trade agreement that encompasses nearly 40 percent of the global economy, an agreement that will open markets while protecting the rights of workers and protecting the environment that enables development to be sustained. we can roll back the pollution that we put in our skies and help economies lift people out of poverty without condemning our children to the ravages of an ever-warming climate. the same ingenuity that produced the industrial age and the computer age allows us to harness the potential of clean energy. no country can escape the ravages of climate change. there's no stronger sign of leadership than putting future generationses first.
the united states will work with every nation that is willing to do its part so that we can come together in paris to decisively confront this challenge. and finally, our vision for the future of in this assembly -- of this assembly, my belief in moving forward rather than backwards requires us to defend the democratic principles that allow societies to succeed. let me start from a simple premise: catastrophes like what we are seeing in syria do not take place in countries where there is genuine democracy and respect for the universal values this institution is supposed to defend. [applause]
i recognize that democracy is going to take different forms in different parts of the world. the very idea of a people governing themselves depends upon government giving expression to the their unique culture, their unique history, their unique experiences. but some universal truths are self-evident. no person wants to be imprisoned for peaceful worship. no woman should ever be abused with impunity. or a girl barred from going to school. the freedom to peacefully petition those in power without fear of arbitrary laws, these are not ideas of one country or one culture. they are fundamental to human progress. they are a cornerstone of this institution. i realize that in many parts of
the world there's a different view, a belief that strong leadership must tolerate no dissent. i hear it not only from america's adversaries, but privately at least i also hear it from some of our friends. i disagree. i believe a government that suppresses peaceful dissent is not showing strength, it is showing weakness, and it is showing fear. [applause] history shows -- [applause] history shows that regimes who fear their own people will eventually crumble. but strong institutions built on the consent of the governed endure long after any one individual is gone. that's why our strongest leaders from george washington to nelson
mandela have elevated thef builg democratic institutions over a thirst for perpetual power. leaders who amend constitutions to stay in office only acknowledge that they've failed to build a successful country for their people. because none of us lasts forever. it tells us that power is something they cling to for its own sake rather than for the betterment of those they purport to serve. i understand democracy is frustrating. democracy in the united states is certainly imperfect. at times it can be dysfunctional. but democracy, the constant struggle to extend rights to more of our people, to give more people a voice, is what allowed us to become the most powerful
nation in the world. [applause] it's not simply a matter of principle, it's not an abstraction that democracy, inclusive democracy makes countries stronger. when opposition parties can seek power peacefully through the ballot, a country draws upon new ideas. when a free media can inform the public, corruption and abuse are exposed and can be rooted out. when civil society thrives, communities can solve problems that governments cannot necessarily solve alone. when immigrants are welcomed, countries are more productive and more vibrant. when girls can go to school and get a job and pursue unlimited opportunity, that's when a country realizes its full potential. [applause]
that is what i believe is america's greatest strength. not everybody in america agrees with me. that's part of democracy. i believe that the fact that you can walk the streets of this city right now and pass churches and synagogues and temples and mosques where people worship freely, the fact that our nation of immigrants mirrors the diversity of the world, you can find everybody from everywhere here in new york city. the fact that in this country -- [applause] everybody can contribute. everybody can participate no matter who they are or what they look like or who they love. that's what makes us strong. and i believe that what is true for america is true for virtually all mature democracies, and that is no accident. we can be proud of our nations
without defining ourselves in opposition as some other -- to some other group. we can be patriotic without demonizing someone else. we can cherish our own identities, our religion, our ethnicity, our traditions without putting others down. our systems are premised on the notion that absolute power will corrupt but that people, ordinary people, are fundamentally good. that they value family and friendship, faith and the dignity of hard work. and that with appropriate checks and balances, governments can reflect this goodness. i believe that's the future we must seek together, to believe in the dignity of every individual, to believe we can bridge our differences and choose cooperation over
conflict. that is not weakness, that is strength. [applause] it is a practical necessity in this interconnected world. and our people understand this. think of the liberian doctor who went door to door to search for ebola cases and to tell families what to do if they show symptoms. think of the iranian shopkeeper who said after the nuclear deal, "god willing, now we'll be able to offer many more goods at better prices." think of the americans who lowered the flag over our embassy in havana in 1961, the year i was born, and returned this summer to raise that flag back up. [applause] one of these men said of the
cuban people, "we could do things for them, and they could do things for us. we love them." for 50 years we ignored that fact. think of the families leaving everything they've known behind, risking barren deserts and stormy waters just to find shelter, just to save their children. one syrian refugee who was greeted in hamburg with warm greetings and shelter said we feel there are still some people who love other people. the people of our united nations are not as different as they are told. they can be made to fear.
they can be taught to hate. but they can also respond to hope. history is littered with the failure of false prophets and fallen empires who believe that might always makes right, and that will continue to be the case. you can coup on that. you can count on that. but we are called upon to offer a different type of leadership, leadership strong enough to recognize that nations share common interests and people share a common humanity. and, yes, there are certain ideas and principles that are universal. that's what those who shaped the united nations 70 years ago understood. let us carry forward that faith into the future, for it is the only way we can assure that future will be brighter for my children and for yours.
thank you very much. [applause] bill: clear theme for the past 30-plus minutes now, nations must work together in cooperation to solve global issues, ticking off cuba and iran and libya's examples, used syria and russia as a foil to that theme. there's going to be a lot of analysis about this speech throughout the day here on the fox news channel, but we are out of time. you're back tomorrow? heather: i am. bill: right on. "happening now" starts right now. bye-bye. jenna: and we start off with a fox news alert. the president, as you just saw there, joining leaders from around the world at the u.n. general assembly meeting in new york city with a whole lot to say, and we have a lot to look at today. hello, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the commander in chief wrapped up his speech. russian president putin and chinese president xi are expected to take the podium shortly. later today president obama will meet face to face with president putin for the first timen