I am proud to declare that the United States formally recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state upon this day, July 9, 2011. After so much struggle by the people of South Sudan, the United States of America welcomes the birth of a new nation.
Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn. These symbols speak to the blood that has been spilled, the tears that have been shed, the ballots that have been cast, and the hopes that have been realized by so many millions of people. The eyes of the world are on the Republic of South Sudan. And we know that southern Sudanese have claimed their sovereignty, and shown that neither their dignity nor their dream of self-determination can be denied.
Dear Mr. President,
For a goofy feckless liberal, you have a couple of decent foreign policy successes under your belt and recognizing South Sudan, while broadly popular, is also the right thing to do. So I tip my hat to you and to the people of South Sudan (including native son Luol Deng!) and I wish them all the best in their long struggle ahead to actually make their poor country work.