While America has been pummeled by 2 major hurricanes, the world of international politics has just been struck by their Category 5 storm, Donald Trump at the United Nations.
Trump’s maiden speech at Turtle Bay is another in his series of well-done, large speeches. He can’t stop himself from tweeting absurdities, but when he’s at bat, he swings for the fences. And in this speech, he scored a home run.
Standing before the UN, an organization which wants the nation-state to go away, and for us all to defer to it, Trump would have none of it. Oh he spoke a few fine words about the UN, but he also spoke of ‘rogue regimes, represented in this body.” He spoke of how America is growing stronger again, including a supposed $700 billion expansion of our military.
He presented again his vision of how America should act on the world stage. Saying that, “Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect. Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of life intended by God.” He went on to state, “In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.”
These are strong words indeed, after Obama would go to the UN, and assert nothing but liberal platitudes. Trump’s vision is far more in line with an American foreign policy of modest ambitions, and strength. A policy aimed at providing for the safety of our Republic, without the need to make every nation on earth over in our image. His vision is refreshing.
But Trump had more to say, about current world affairs.
Trump swore that, if forced to defend itself and its allies, America would destroy North Korea. He called Kim Jong-Un ‘Rocket man’ on a ‘suicide mission.’ He hoped it would not be necessary to fight Kim, saying this is the sort of the thing the UN exists for. I wouldn’t hold my breath on the UN acting against Kim, not when China’s a Permanent Member of the Security Council. He turned briefly on Iran, accusing it of using oil wealth to fund evil, rather than benefit its people. Then he lit a fire beneath the Organization of Islamic Countries, the UNs largest voting bloc, when he said, “We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the world.” Venezuela also came up, saying that socialism has been ‘faithfully implemented’ in that poor nation.
Trump also showed little desire to take in more refugees, an issue of interest to the UN. He argued that it’s better to help those in need where they are, rather than shipping them here. He’s right. It would have been better to demand that the Islamic nations take in their fellow Muslims, rather than shipping the problem into the West.
There was much more in his speech than this, and I encourage my readers to read his words. Former Ambassador John Bolton is correct, this is the finest speech President Trump has yet given.
A good Trump speech wouldn’t be complete without cavil, and cavils there are. Rich Lowry at National Review complained that Trump’s speech was ‘Jacksonian’ but never tells us what this means. He also whinged that Trump didn’t speak of ‘liberal democracy’ what this thing is I’m not sure, but it sounds like Progressive Mob-Rule.
Politico thinks that Trump’s speech shows the President believes that American First is how the world works. But Trump didn’t say that. He said America First for America, and their own nations first for all the other countries in the UN.
I doubt that this speech will win Trump credit with the UNs internationalist bureaucrats, but it’s won him great credit with Americans.