Trump ROCKS The U.N.

On Tuesday, President Trump gave a blockbuster speech at the United Nations, in which he roundly rejected President Obama’s foreign policy passivity by slapping Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela in particular. He also created some pretty spectacular headline fodder by openly labeling North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un “Rocket Man” in front of an international audience.

Here were the nine best moments.

1. Restating the Case for Muscular Pursuit of Freedom. Trump stated that the pillars of the Marshall Plan were still the pillars of American foreign policy: sovereignty, security and prosperity. He praised “the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent and free.” The fascinating addition of the “sovereignty” case is a bit of a misnomer — Trump obviously didn’t mean that nations that refuse to respect the rights of their people ought to retain their sovereignty. He explained:

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 isn’t very different from Bush’s foreign policy, or Reagan’s. It’s actually the post-WWII American consensus position. Trump kept bouncing like a ping-pong ball between the “you run your nations and we’ll leave you alone” and “we demand that you stop being dictators.” He spoke of the necessity for the “nation-state” as the “best vehicle for elevating the human condition.” But he also spoke of the necessity to “work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all peoples.” He never actually came to a solid final position. But he certainly didn’t embrace Ron Paul isolationism.


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