Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trump's UN speech

A little more bellicose and interventionist than I like, but all in all, vastly superior to any U.S. President's foreign policy since Reagan. I particularly liked the shots aimed at globalism and mass migration, as well as the implicit criticism of the post-WWII neoliberal world order.

Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates, welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city as a representative of the American people to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.

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 defense. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. For more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements, and religions have stood before this assembly.

Like them, I intend to address some of the very serious threats before us today, but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed. We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. Breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve. But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.

Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens. To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril. It is entirely up to us whether we lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. We have it in our power, should we so choose, to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams, and to ensure that new generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred, and fear.

This institution was founded in the aftermath of two world wars, to help shape this better future. It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity. It was in the same period exactly 70 years ago that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those these beautiful pillars, they are pillars of peace, sovereignty, security, and prosperity. The Marshall Plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free. As president, Truman said in his message to Congress at that time, our support of European recovery is in full accord with our support of the United Nations.

The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. 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 the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is the foundation for cooperation and success. 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 the life intended by God. 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.

This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution, the oldest constitution still in use in the world today. This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law. The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words. They are "We the people." Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country and of our great history.

In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs. In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. As president of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first.

All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. But making a better life for our people also requires us to with work together in close harmony and unity, to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America's interests above all else, but in fulfilling our obligations to our nations, we also realize that it's in everyone's interests to seek the future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America's devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies. 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. Instead, we helped build institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. For the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope.

We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. We are guided by outcomes, not ideologies. We have a policy of principled realism, rooted in shared goal, interests, and values. That realism forces us to confront the question facing every leader and nation in this room, it is a question we cannot escape or avoid. We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face, or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow.

If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. We must protect our nations, their interests and their futures. We must reject threats to sovereignty from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow.

And just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threatens us with chaos, turmoil, and terror. The score of our planet today is small regimes that violate every principle that the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.

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. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans. And for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more. We were all witness to the regime's deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America, only to die a few days later.

We saw it in the assassination of the dictator's brother, using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country, to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea's spies. If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.

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. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That's what the United Nations is all about. That's what the United Nations is for. Let's see how they do.

It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved. But we must do much more.

It is time for all nations to work together to isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior. We face this decision not only in North Korea; it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.

The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are, in fact, its own people. Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian live, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.

This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran's people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. 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.

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. Above all, Iran's government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors. The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers.

Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror, or will the Iranian people return to the nation's proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth, where their people can be happy and prosperous once again? The Iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance, and in Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.

We will stop radical islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world. We must deny the terrorists safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nation. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries whose support and fi — who support and finance terror groups like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people.

The United States and our allies are working together throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people. Last month I announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil in Afghanistan. From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operation, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

In Syria and Iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined. We seek the deescalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shock the conscience of every decent person. No society could be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack.

We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict. The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process. For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.

Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach. For decades the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere.

We have learned that over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are born overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.

I want to salute the work of the United Nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their home. The United Nations and African Union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflict in Africa. The United States continues to lead the world in humanitarian assistance, including famine prevention and relief, in South Sudan, Somalia, and northern Nigeria and Yemen.

We have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like PEPFAR, which funds AIDS relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative, the Global Health Security Agenda, the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and the Women Entrepreneur's Finance Initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe.

We also thank — we also thank the secretary general for recognizing that the United Nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and prosperity. Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble end have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.

The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it. Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell, but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems. The American people hope that one day soon the United Nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world.

In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. Nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure and prosperous societies in their own region. That is why in the Western Hemisphere the United States has stood against the corrupt, destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom.

My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms. We have also imposed tough calibrated sanctions on the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse. The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.

This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation — prosperous nation, by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives, to preserve his disastrous rule. The Venezuelan people are starving, and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. The situation is completely unacceptable, and we cannot stand by and watch.

As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal — that goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. I would like to thank leaders in this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the Venezuelan people. The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.

We are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the Latin American countries gathered here today. Our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors. I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis. We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela. The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.

From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their well-being, including their prosperity. In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of goodwill, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.

For too long the American people were told that mammoth, multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules, and our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again.

While America will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government, the duty of our citizens. This bond is the source of America's strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today. If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the independent strength of its members.

If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substantive for strong, sovereign, and independent nations, nations that are rooted in the histories and invested in their destiny, nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer, and most important of all, nations that are home to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.

In remembering the great victory that led to this body's founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought against evil, also fought for the nations that they love. Patriotism led the Poles to die to save Poland, the French to fight for a free France, and the Brits to stand strong for Britain. Today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, our minds, and our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us.

This is the ancient wish of every people and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul. So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world. We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all. Thank you, God bless you, God bless the nations of the world, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.



Blogger Steampunk Koala September 20, 2017 5:57 AM  

It certainly doesn't sound like he's completely caved, despite the naysayers.

Blogger Lovekraft September 20, 2017 6:01 AM  

Although the globalists are working steadily to diminish everything, and I mean everything, Trump has done and the challenges he has faced, those of us who have observed the political scene over the past couple of decades know what a contrast to the previous US President he is.

Trump pushed the idea of viable and intact nations and the patriots that sacrificed so much to establish and preserve them. So he basically gave a middle finger to the previous president, globalists and the billion pound elephant in the room: global caliphate.

Blogger Lovekraft September 20, 2017 6:02 AM  

Bannon floated the idea of 'economic nationalism' a couple weeks ago and I am expecting this to gain traction. Something that neutralizes pinning us down with the supremacist label and one which will focus on what people desire deep down: good jobs, limited and functioning gov't, clawing back ultranational intrusion.

Anonymous Ages September 20, 2017 6:11 AM  

He told off Sweden, Germany, Canada, and others with his language about nations being responsible for their own people first and foremost, which was great.

I also enjoyed his use of the "Rocket Man" moniker, as it cut to the NK ambassador, scribbling furiously. I can only imagine the pearl clutching in some quarters. "How can he say such things while addressing our great institution?!"

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 20, 2017 6:12 AM  

"We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people and which enables their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process. For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region."

And he delivers a "They have to go back. They have to go home." stab to the NGOs and others complicit in 'refugee farming for profit'.

Anonymous CoolHand September 20, 2017 6:15 AM  

As the wise man said, "We'll see."

Though honestly, if he doesn't do anything else at all for the rest of his term he's already far and away surpassed what that old syphilitic goat HRC would have.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 20, 2017 6:24 AM  

The very interesting trend, I find, is that the bigger the stage for the speech, the much more aggressive the text ends up being. That puts the Inaugural, Poland and UN speeches as big stages with bigger ideas. Rather than the "we can all get along" that tends to happen with most as the stage gets "wider", Trump's now clear approach is to get even bigger to meet the stage.

I like that. It's an approach that works for the times.

This is probably also the biggest Anti-Socialist speech since the end of the Cold War. Which probably means Trump is setting up for fighting against both the Neo-Liberals and the Progressives. The Neo-Liberals because they're failures & Globalists; the Progressives by desiring a destructive ideology. (There's probably shades of the way they'd have destroyed Bernie in the General.)

We'll still see what comes of DACA, as I mentioned in previous threads, there's some brutal Machiavellian aspects to pushing that issue in Congress.

Anonymous reactionaryguy September 20, 2017 6:24 AM  

I hope no invasions happen.
I hope the wall is built.

The good...
He made Liberals angry even though he didnt do anything awful to them.
He woke people up on the awful mainstream media.

The bad...
He hasnt improved relations with Russia
He put more troops in Afghanistan
He put a pernament US miliary base in Israel (something like that)

Blogger Lazarus September 20, 2017 6:39 AM  

Watched it live. Not a lot of applause, a smattering here and there, which is understandable, seeing as how most of those present were being chastised for one thing or another. Trump, as usual, mentioned God. Netanyahu, who spoke later, did not, but he did go on and on about the wonderfulness of the Jewish people. But no thanks to God.

The chairman introduced Trump as "His Excellency", which was a nice touch.

Blogger Lazarus September 20, 2017 6:41 AM  

reactionaryguy wrote:He put more troops in Afghanistan

But changed the rules of engagement.

Blogger Ezekiel September 20, 2017 6:44 AM  

North Korea is the Kashmir Province of our generation; lots of noise but nothing of import will ever happen there.

The place to focus on is at home, and Trump should do fine there so long as he doesn't cuck on immigration and so long as one of these hurricanes doesn't turn into another Katrina (i.e. doesn't hit a dysfunctional black city).

Blogger justthinkin September 20, 2017 6:45 AM  

When he spoke about how socialism had worked in Venezuela, he paused, and it was clear that he was NOT going to continue until he got some applause (agreement). That was AWESOME!

Blogger ZhukovG September 20, 2017 7:05 AM  

The content, overall, was omni-nationalist, which was good. Some of it sounded like it was lifted from 'The 16 Points'.

Unfortunately some of his specific points were straight from the Neo-con propaganda book. Particularly the digs at Iran and Syria, which may be the two sanest regimes in the Middle Eastern nut house.

Hopefully, the interventionist garbage was just to distract his domestic foes while the omni-nationalist tone represented his true intentions.

Anonymous john rockwell September 20, 2017 7:05 AM  

DACA is ending:

Anonymous john rockwell September 20, 2017 7:07 AM

Anonymous 7of9 September 20, 2017 7:32 AM  

He addresses the human cost of both sovereignty and freedom in a body of national leaders who have squandered both. Nice.

I'm not certain it's even a message they can hear any more but at least POTUS is consistent.

Anonymous Vlad the Impaler was right September 20, 2017 7:43 AM  

I think Trump often dread games his base, doing something that makes us think he he is going to cheat on us with the globalist, then doing what he originally said after we all get all worked up again.

Blogger red clock September 20, 2017 7:50 AM  

It is Stephen Miller's speech, his words.

Trump's words are on Twitter, where he praised DACA illegals and asked Congress to legalize them.

Blogger Akulkis September 20, 2017 7:51 AM  

Sounds like Antsy Nancy and Chuckie Cheese's "no border wall, no deportations" deal is nothing more than the mist of their fevered imaginations.

Blogger Stilicho September 20, 2017 8:04 AM  

Economic nationalism is fine as a concept and should be discussed and implemented, but on the rhetorical branding front, the word you are looking for is "patriotism". The left has tried and failed to make it unacceptable or to co-opt it. It belongs to the Deplorables and the left and RINOs are forced to pay hommage to it even though the mere sound of it is like fingernails on a chalkboard to them. It is not only the rhetorical branding of our side, use of it is an act of dominance over the globalists who are compelled to acquiesce to its use. Think about what leftists are trying to accomplish when they try to force you to use words that accept their preferred lies as reality (xir, etc.) multiply it by ten due to its basic truth and that's what "patriot" and "patriotism" does to their psyches.

Now go forth and share the truth.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 20, 2017 8:07 AM  

@Vlad the Impaler was right

He does occasionally, however this case is different. From a Game Theory perspective, the Machiavellian play (force the GOPe to crush itself under a wave of MAGA Base anger) was the clearly more viable play. But the Dem base has also freaked out, which just means the entire situation is falling apart.


I don't think there was ever a deal on DACA. I think Trump was sorting one out and Pelosi + Schumer went to the press specifically to force Trump into their "deal". This actually worked a few times on W. So it wasn't illogical of them to do that.

However, Trump isn't W. W was a better Poker player; Trump learned to own the Casino. Trump doesn't take any deal that doesn't serve his ends. Letting DACA "die" is the best objective play for Trump, so he's using the GOPe getting roasted by the base to accomplish that end.

At the same time, we've also seen him culling the outer edges of any possible deal via Twitter. Which means any deal is getting worse for the Dems with ever increase in their demands. (Remember, the Dems just keep demanding until the GOPe folds. It has worked for 30 years, why stop now?)

One doesn't have to like it (I don't) to see the pathway through this. Much like Block Grants suddenly came roaring out of nowhere with the way to kill Obamacare. Trump will let Obamacare death spiral itself rather than take the fall for it.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 20, 2017 8:26 AM  

The media reactions to the speech reminded me of Reagan, in that any statement of strength and national will is reported as, "OMG he's going to start WWIII!"

One thing that kept me from buying the liberal party line being taught everywhere in my youth was the BS narrative of, "We could have peace with the forward-thinking Soviets if we just stopped building nukes and got that crazy old man to stop provoking them."

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd September 20, 2017 8:30 AM  

``We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution, the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.''

Still in use, huh? I wonder where?

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd September 20, 2017 8:43 AM  

Over all, Trump came across as an American patriot rather than a globalist. He's not Alt-Right, but he's American. There hasn't been an American in the White House since Reagan. There hasn't been an effective American in the White House since Coolidge. The American people love to see an American leading them.T

As for the Founders' version of the Constitution, that died with the American Republic in Mr. Lincoln's war. Real Americans are nostalgic for that earlier time and earlier system we have never experienced. Appeals to the Constitution make good rhetoric but are never meant to be taken seriously. We will see, eventually, whether Trump really wants to restore our Constitution and our Republic, or whether he is merely LARPing. Most American constitutionalists are merely LARPing, so it might be best if Trump does 't try to go that far.

Anonymous Anonymous September 20, 2017 9:28 AM  

Great to hear this President advocating so strongly for omninationalism, or, as I prefer, Universal Nationalism.

Anonymous BBGKB September 20, 2017 9:38 AM  

We have a policy of principled realism

When did the US adopt this?


Leftists are so used to Cucks caving in when they said they made a deal, they expected TRUMP to cuck instead of saying "the deal involved them licking my boots without scuffing them but Schumer scraped his teeth"

Blogger Serge_Tomiko September 20, 2017 9:44 AM  

The entire speech was bullshit. The United Nations was founded to fix exchange rates between nations, to prevent competitive currency devaluation, which was theorized to be the reason for World War II.

A sovereign nation has total control over its money. That's why the king's image is on the money. Ceding that authority to the United Nations means a world not of sovereign, Westphalian nation states, but autonomous regions like Catalonia.

Blogger August September 20, 2017 9:52 AM  

All the poster-boys for denuclearization are dead.

Anonymous VFM #6306 September 20, 2017 10:08 AM  

Serge_Tomiko wrote:The entire speech was bullshit. The United Nations was founded to fix exchange rates between nations, to prevent competitive currency devaluation, which was theorized to be the reason for World War II.

A sovereign nation has total control over its money. That's why the king's image is on the money. Ceding that authority to the United Nations means a world not of sovereign, Westphalian nation states, but autonomous regions like Catalonia.

Wrong. The entire speech is rhetoric. The point of it is to establish moral high ground for slashing the US prop-up of the UN. It does that.

It is right there: he is using 99%-er language to cast the US government in the role of the "poor and overburdened."

It isn't BS. It is the short-circuiting of the BS Narrative: "Mean old Superpower cuts UN funding to ensure hegemon."

Every time this issue has been approached in the past, the Presidential rhetoric has been along the lines of "We're a superpower, but we want everyone else to share in the investment more equally," or "Defunding the UN puts China in control."

This thing is killshot rhetoric. Now he's just got to follow through and defund. Rhetoric that doesn't eventually prep the battlefield for truth isn't the most effective.

Anonymous VFM #6306 September 20, 2017 10:13 AM  

Leftists are so used to Cucks caving in when they said they made a deal, they expected TRUMP to cuck instead of saying "the deal involved them licking my boots without scuffing them but Schumer scraped his teeth"

Muy brillante, mi amigo. Your phrasing is so perfect that I don't doubt your ability to single-handedly build The Wall of text.

Anonymous Kat September 20, 2017 10:40 AM  

I realize that there's probably much more verbal maneuvering going on than I realize, but I love how kept circling back around to leaders betraying their people and how nations have a duty to embrace their distinctions (culture/history/etc). He's got the bully pulpit, and he's using it to the glory of God.

Blogger tuberman September 20, 2017 10:53 AM  

red clock wrote:It is Stephen Miller's speech, his words.

Trump's words are on Twitter, where he praised DACA illegals and asked Congress to legalize them.

Here.We.Go.Again. PDJT is stupid, and can only do Right when others are speaking for him. Perspective: TPP, The Paris Accords, NAFTA, China and the Trade War, Opening up USA energy, Buying American steel, etc.

PDJT sees this all in terms of Trade Warfare for the most part, and he is 75% correct. Even his military moves are Trade Warfare oriented. Also, his Trade is Maneuver Warfare oriented, pure Sun Tzu. From a Fourth Generation Trade Warfare Perspective, it's important for PDJT to ever give the Globalists the Moral High Ground.

What the Alt-Right needs to do is get the message out that the Moral High Ground Has Changed When it Comes to Immigration. "Deport Them" Is The New Moral High Ground.

Blogger LES September 20, 2017 11:16 AM  

" 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 the life intended by God. 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."

The US respects the sovereignty of other nations except when we don't. More war for Greater Israel's future borders.

Blogger Lazarus September 20, 2017 11:23 AM  

red clock wrote:It is Stephen Miller's speech, his words.

Approved and publicly delivered for the record by His Excellency.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
- St. Paul

Blogger VFM #7634 September 20, 2017 12:37 PM  

The place to focus on is at home, and Trump should do fine there so long as he doesn't cuck on immigration and so long as one of these hurricanes doesn't turn into another Katrina (i.e. doesn't hit a dysfunctional black city).

Uh, too late...

Blogger Elder Son September 20, 2017 1:48 PM  

Cool. Globalism repackaged as American Nationalism.

Anonymous 7of9 September 20, 2017 2:14 PM  

VFM #6306 wrote:Wrong. The entire speech is rhetoric.

Nailed it.

Blogger Ezekiel September 20, 2017 5:28 PM  

VFM #7634 wrote:The place to focus on is at home, and Trump should do fine there so long as he doesn't cuck on immigration and so long as one of these hurricanes doesn't turn into another Katrina (i.e. doesn't hit a dysfunctional black city).


Uh, too late...

Uh, Hurricane Harvey killed about 82, Irma killed 44 at last count. (probably a lot more killed on those Caribbean islands, but no one cares.)

That ain't bad. That may well be a sort of Gulf War I situation, where the crises itself was safer than normal life.

Maria is the wild card. It's going to hammer Puerto Rico and idiot kleptocrats who run the island will probably screw up the recovery. But I don't see them pulling off a Superdome-style dumpster fire, and even if they did I don't see them being able to blame Trump for it. Moreover, no one cares about Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico should have been granted independence around the same time the Philippines were.

Blogger LP9 September 20, 2017 8:24 PM  

Lovely, nice.

Team POTUS but no blank check from me to anyone; the UN needs to leave America and go have an office someplace else.

DEPORT UN hashtag~ Set Spain Free hashtag.

The expanded (not applicable to your private life or public life)issue of niceness doesnt get you anywhere, POTUS did a great job but China needs to bring NOKO to heel to stop threatening and tormenting its people, SOKO and Japan.

Anonymous JS September 21, 2017 3:48 AM  

"The score of our planet today"

Typo? "scourge"?

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