Trump’s Embarrassing Speech to the United Nations

Donald Trump spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and, predictably, he embarrassed the hell out of the entire country. It was a Cat 5 hurricane of hypocrisy, contradictions, pointless boasting, pseudo-macho posturing and nonsense. It started with the bragging:

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Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8. The stock market is at an all-time high, a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth, the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time, and it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defence. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.

And there goes the hypocrisy in the very first paragraph. all of those economic numbers that he now offers as proof of his brilliance in bringing back the economy were ones he called fake up until the moment he was inaugurated. There has been no change whatsoever in how we measure unemployment, which he claimed was a totally fake measurement during the campaign, yet now suddenly those numbers are proof that his mere presence in the White House has unleashed an economic boom. And in reality, the growth this year has been slower than it was last year when Obama was in office (neither of them deserves either credit or blame for that, of course). And why would he think the UN would be happy to hear that a country that already makes up 47% of all the world’s military spending is going to boost that even higher?

Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty, to promote security, prosperity, and peace, for themselves and for the world. We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government, but we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties, to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation.

This is pretty standard rhetoric from American presidents. He doesn’t mean it, of course. Hell, he probably has no idea what it even means, he’s just reading words off a teleprompter. But the hypocrisy could not be more clear. When has the United States cared even one iota about the sovereignty of other countries? Since the founding of the United Nations, we have invaded Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq (twice), and Afghanistan.

And those are just the ones we’ve actually sent troops in to invade. It doesn’t include the much longer list of countries where we have intervened to install and prop up one brutal dictator after another. That list includes Iran, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Haiti, Panama and, yes, Iraq. See, we put brutal thugs in power, give the chemical and biological weapons, then invade them because they have those weapons once they stop doing our bidding.

Any American president who talks about respecting the sovereignty of other nations is full of shit. And they know it. I don’t know how the ambassadors at the speech didn’t bust out laughing when he said that, or start throwing shoes at him or something. It’s utter hypocrisy and it’s a giant lie.

From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerge victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.

Absolute nonsense, but not surprising because Trump is as ignorant of history as he is of virtually everything else. Does he not realize that when we defeated Japan in World War II, we wrote their constitution and forced them to accept it? I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I think it was actually a good constitution that has served Japan well for the last 70 years, but let’s not pretend that we didn’t impose that way of life on them. We did. And we have installed puppet governments all over the world, for crying out loud.

No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

Rocket man. He actually used a juvenile nickname for a foreign leader in front of the United Nations. The man is an overgrown 12 year old, FFS. If you aren’t embarrassed by that, you damn well should be.

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.

All a lie. Not only was the Iran deal not one-sided, what we got them to agree to is nothing short of remarkable. It’s a damn good deal, endorsed by arms control and nuclear proliferation experts from across the ideological spectrum. Iran is in full compliance with the agreement, as Trump’s own administration has repeatedly confirmed, as has the IAEA, which oversees the inspections and compliance. If Trump pulls out of that agreement, the results will be disastrous. Not only will he have destroyed a very good agreement, he will have ensured that no nation will negotiate with us in good faith on such agreements in the future because we reneged on the deal. Only someone as clueless as Donald Trump could think this is a good idea.

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