Obama's U.N. Speech Short on Solutions

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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Both President Barack Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to the United Nations on Wednesday.  But they got very different responses.

President Obama made it clear from the outset of his speech at the United Nations that he would be the anti Bush. The former president was looked at as America was going it alone. Obama committed to working with the U.N. to make it more relevant, working with the international community on climate change and the Israeli-Pakistan issue.

He also had tough words for Iran and North Korea over their nuclear program.

"Those nations that refuse to live up to their obligations must face consequences," Obama told the U.N. General Assembly delegates. "This is not about singling out individual nations - it is about standing up for the rights of all nations that do live up to their responsibilities."

He was very ambitious, but short on solutions. When talking about Iran and North Korea he said would hold those two countries accountable, but didn't say what that will entail. Sanctions? Military actions? The president was very unclear about that.

One of the other big stories on Wednesday was Moammar Gadhafi. The Libyan dictator made his first appearance before the U.N. General Assembly. Before addressing the assembly, he had been forced to stay in a tent in Westchester County. Gadhafi was greeted by protestors -- pro and anti Gadhafi protestors.

There were also larger protests against Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He addressed the world's delegates a bit later after Gadhafi's rambling one hour, 36-minute speech.

But what Ahmadinejad had to say didn't surprise anyone. He struck a typically radical tone.

"Our nation has successfully gone through a glorious and fully democratic election, opening a new chapter for our country in the march towards national progress and to enhance international interactions," Ahmadinejad said.

The next big event for President Obama and other world leaders is the G-20 summit.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies's Cliff May appeared on Thursday's CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss U.S. - Iranian relations.

Click play to watch the interview.

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Erick Stakelbeck

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