From The Idiot Factor:
President (and Emperor) Donald Trump laid out his world view in his latest speech to the United Nations and there was little in it that surprised me. Trump is a brutish buffoon who should have never been given the job of President of the
. This country is
seriously broken when an unprofessional amateur can manipulate the system, the
electoral college, and win without the majority of his people's votes. His
speech reflected his amateurish, uncouth, authoritarian views. United States
Yesterday a pundit on NPR read a few lines of a speech that former President Barack Obama gave the to UN when he was running things. There were surprisingly many similarities. So the speech was far less of a difference on policies and substance, but a difference of bad language and brutish and irresponsible threats.
That came to light over what he said about Democratic People's Republic (North)
leader Kim Jong Un, calling him " " Trump said: Rocket Man.
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 . Rocket Man is on a
suicide mission for himself and for his regime." North Korea
Rocket Man is not really that strong of an insult. Most of those who were at the UN seemed to believe it was just unprofessional. Much worse was his threat to "totally destroy
is not because the country has a lot of supporters among leaders of the UN, in
fact North Korea may
not have any supporters at all. Supposedly North Korea China is
their ally, but has
done little if anything to help out their supposed ally. China
As stated above, Obama made anti-North Korean remarks somewhat similar to that of trump's when he was the president:
a bomb that endangers all of us. And any country that breaks this basic bargain
must face consequences. North Korea
So calling out
We have to wonder if Trump is so unstable that he would actually start a war with
Trump urged the UN to join together in order to curtail
"We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril," Trump said.
He also declared he would always put
"As president of the
But what did he mean? Did he mean the country, the government, the people? He couldn't mean the American people. Only a minority of people actually voted for him. And it is likely his support has actually gone down since the election. And he only represent wealthy Americans. His latest efforts to repeal Obama Care (Affordable Care Act or ACA) will leave many poor Americans to die from lack of health care. So Trump's "
Trump urged other leaders to do likewise and always "put your countries first."
"The potential of the U.N. is unlimited," he said.
Acknowledging that he's been a "critic" of the organization in the past, Trump praised its future, saying "there can be no better forum."
He may have praised the UN in his present day speech but he has been very critical of the UN in the past. In the past he called the UN anti-American. Trump left the Paris Climate Accord because he lamented it was unfair to
Today we live in a Unipolar world. Since the fall of the
North Korea, no country got up and tried to oppose it.
Capitalism is also not opposed in the UN anymore. There are a few left leaning countries, such as Venezuela. The PKK, Kurdistan Workers Party leans to the left and is one of the only major guerrilla movements in the Middle East that does not have an ideology based on Muslim theocracy. There are other Marxist groups in the Middle East, but they are small and barely noticeable. There are the Bolivarian Revolutions taking place in various Latin American countries. But there are no Marxist Revolutions, except in Cuba and there are no Maoist revolutions, although the Communist Party of India (Maoist) Shows some promise for the future.
The US has gotten complete support on the other rogue nations it has condemned, Iran and Venezuela. Except for Climate Change Trump has gotten everything he wants from the UN. With the exception of the nations of Europe, the US is full of yes-men and Imperialist lackeys. So Trump's accusations of UN anti-Americanism just doesn't make any sense.
The only country that opposed Trump's anti-Iran rant was Iran:
“Trump’s shameless and ignorant remarks, in which he ignored
Iran’s fight against terrorism, display his lack
of knowledge and unawareness,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif, according to the official Fars news
Iran a “depleted rogue state whose
chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” saying that it funds
“terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and
Israeli neighbors” and uses its oil wealth to “shore up Bashar
al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's
civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle
In turn, Zarif accused
supporting “tyrannical regimes” in the region, and “the criminal
Zionist state.” Washington
And while the other countries also oppose
Trump's attacks on the agreement that Obama hammered out before he left office
where not so welcome. Destroying that agreement comes across as reckless by the
other countries. From Vox: Iran
All of this raises a pair of questions: Is Trump making a valid argument when he says
breaking the deal? And if not, what’s his actual problems with the agreement? Iran
The answer to the first question is pretty clearly no. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which is in charge of monitoring the deal, has repeatedly certified that
with the limits on its nuclear program. The Trump administration has yet to
produce any evidence to the contrary. Tehran
It seems instead that Trump’s case against the deal is more political and strategic: His team believes that Iran is an enemy of the United States, one that frustrates US objectives in places like Iraq and Yemen, and that the nuclear deal hasn’t done much to solve the problem.
Over all we see the rumblings of an arrogant and ruthless-inexperienced politician who can make or break anyone else's country. He inflicts fear on a lot of leaders. He can carry out any of the threats he has made in his UN speech. There is nothing any of the UN leaders can do to stop him or even slow him down. He is a dangerous man. That the
US is an empire and today's supreme source
of military and political power in the world is obvious and just about
would fit in with that assessment. The real difference between Trump and his
predecessors is that he is way more reckless and dangerous. US
As long as Trump is the president there is little we can do about his foreign policies. We can try and pressure members of congress, but there are very few members willing to stand up against him. There are a few, such as Bernie Sanders, who oppose at least some of his policies. Let's do what we can.
has some proxy troops in the Middle East. It
rivals such US allies as Saudi Arabia or . Turkey