Trump puts North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, on notice in UN speech
The President addressed the United Nations this week, and as is his pattern, he avoided the typical diplomatic doublespeak. Instead, he called out both North Korea and Iran, in language that is sure to set both the Georgetown cocktail circuit and the two rogue nations on edge.
First, North Korea:
"No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea,” Trump said. “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," Trump said, "is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
Trump insisted that the United States is “ready, willing and able” to attack North Korea, but added that “hopefully this will not be necessary.” Instead, Trump said, the United Nations should do more in a concerted way to force North Korea off the nuclear path.
“That’s what the United Nations is all about. That’s what the United Nations is for,” he said.
Trump also singled out Iran as another common enemy of "righteous" nations, slamming its funding of militias throughout the Middle East, its human rights abuses and its ballistic missile tests.
“The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy,” Trump said. He accused the Islamist government in Tehran of turning a wealthy nation with a rich history into “an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos.” But he also spoke of solidarity with the Iranian people, whom he cast as “the longest suffering victims” of their leaders.
Trump also used the occasion to send a strong public signal that he may abandon the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration and several other countries. The agreement, which lifted many sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” in the history of America, Trump said, calling it “an embarrassment to the United States.”
“I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me,” he added.
And for good measure, the bankrupt socialist dictatorship in Venezuela also got a Trumpian shot across the bow:
Trump also went after Venezuela in unusually lengthy and harsh terms, alleging that its increasingly autocratic government has taken “a once-thriving nation to the brink of total collapse.” He noted that the U.S. has imposed sanctions on Venezuela, where people are struggling to obtain basic food and goods amid an economic freefall, and called on fellow U.N. members to add even more pressure.
"We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people," Trump said, without offering specifics. “The situation is completely unacceptable, and we cannot stand by and watch.”
"The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented," Trump added, "but that socialism has been faithfully implemented."
The grandees at the UN may not have liked Trump's word choice, but his message was crystal clear: the days of treating brutal regimes that threaten to export their horrors to the world with kid gloves are over. America, under this administration, won't coddle or coax -- it will correct. With swift and uncompromising force, if necessary.
After eight years of Obama dithering, it's a refreshing change to have plain, powerful language used to describe American goals and intentions.