SAN DIEGO. President Donald Trump was cool and confident on the global stage at the 73rd Session of the United Nations (U.N.). Trump delivered an impassioned call to the U.N. delegates to defend their sovereignty and patriotism. Additionally, he rejected oppressive ideologies, regimes, and global control, while reaffirming U.S. commitment to world peace, security, and prosperity.
America is “stronger, safer, and richer”, according to Trump, than it was less than two years ago when he became President. And that means good news for U.S. allies and partners who desire stability.
“We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace,” says Trump.
Trump captures the attention of U.N. delegates.
Various reactions to his comprehensive remarks to the U.N. delegates were evident, but all appeared to listen. He named the members of the 193 sovereign NATO states as “Emissaries” for their ‘respective cultures, histories, traditions and values’.
Therefore, he concluded they are ‘defenders of the interests of their people and homelands’.
Trump, an American patriot, says,
“That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination…I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”
We live in a world threatened by regimes driving to overrun the inherent rights of nations to determine their own futures. Evident is Trump’s point to hold tight to sovereignty, sharing costs fairly through the U.N. collective body.
Historic progress with North Korea.
Trump delivered a poignant punch of real change. He spoke of the highly-productive meetings with North Korea’s leader, Chairman Kim Jong Un. It wasn’t that long ago when North Korea tested nuclear-capable rockets and missiles and defied condemnation by the international community. In part, through dogged diplomacy that Trump enacted, North Korea’s nuclear testing has stopped.
“Some military facilities are already being dismantled. Our hostages have been released. And as promised, the remains of our fallen heroes are being returned home to lay at rest in American soil.”
Long-awaited relief comes to the families of U.S. service members who fought in the bloody battles of Korea. Unthinkable suffering occurred during freezing mountain temperatures and troops unprepared for a massive enemy onslaught. Severely-wounded and frost-bitten veteran survivors tell stories of unforgettable choices. Yet, the Korean War, for many, is a forgotten battle of contested sovereignty.
“I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs,” states Trump.
Trump thanked the member states who helped achieve this great moment for the world for the denuclearization of North Korea.
A global cooperation to fight terror regimes works.
The world focuses long and hard on conflicts in the Middle East. Terrorism continues to expand and splinter into rival and affiliate groups of radical militants who invade sovereignty and threaten freedom. Consistent with comments made in Trump’s U.N. address is the fact that individual nations have a cooperative, active role.
And, as a result, gain what Trump calls, “peace through strength.”
An excerpt from a July 2018 National Review report helps define,
“Deterrence relies on the perception of strength. The tougher one’s adversaries perceive you to be, the higher the probable cost of aggression, the less likely foes or competitors or whatever will move against you. The principle of collective security manifested in NATO is nothing more than bolstering this perception of strength through greater numbers: As membership and resources scale upward, so does the price of hostile activity.”
The report surmises that NATO is a worthy deterrent. NATO’s power disrupts and disables malign and malevolent actors and/or leaders of rogue nations.
“Among the lessons of history is that belligerent powers never stop with the small countries. They keep advancing until they run into a wall,” quips National Review.
ISIS runs into that wall in Iraq, Syria, across vast African states, and the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan, due to U.S. and coalition forces combining with local security forces to be that wall.
Trump Administration helped eradicate ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Fighting violent religious militant ideologies is chaotic and lengthy work. This costs service members lives to stop rampages which kill civilians and destroy cities, towns, and villages.
These aggressors smother the human experience with blood and fear – even those who are too young to protest.
A September 25, 2018, White House fact sheet reveals,
“In October 2017, ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital city of Raqqah was liberated.”
“The Iraqi government announced in December 2017 that all Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS control.”
“President Trump used last year’s speech to the UNGA to emphasize the threat posed by Iran and the disastrous, one-sided Iran Deal and has since taken action to address that threat.”
“President Trump followed through on his promise to withdraw from the Iran Deal.”
Trump peppers the stage mentioning the ‘deal of the century’ given to Iran by former president Barack Obama.
“The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders. In the years since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget grew nearly 40 percent. The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.”
“We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants “Death to America,” and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth. Just can’t do it.”
Long recognized by nations of the world are these viable threats of terror. We cannot watch, with apathy, the suffering of those afflicted or leave them in ruins. U.S. service members, part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, are helping to restore normalcy in both Iraq and Raqqa, Syria.
A solemn pledge to help carry the burden of defense.
Trump informs the delegates of committed nations forming significant new alliances in the Middle East,
“The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have pledged billions of dollars to aid the people of Syria and Yemen. And they are pursuing multiple avenues to ending Yemen’s horrible, horrific civil war.”
He calls, without apology, on NATO members and friends, who reliably receive U.S. military help and protection, to do their fair share for the cost of defense.
“The United States is committed to making the United Nations more effective and accountable. I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential. As part of our reform effort, I have told our negotiators that the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. This will encourage other countries to step up, get involved, and also share in this very large burden.”
The passing of Bill H.R. 5515 will assure U.S. ability to fulfill its promises to Americans and NATO allies.
A White House website reads,
“Rebuilding U.S. deterrence to preserve peace through strength must be our Nation’s top priority. The unprecedented era of peace that followed World War II revealed that the free world is safest when America is strongest. The slow depletion of our military in recent years has resulted in an escalation of threats the world over, which President Trump is committed to reversing.”
Our Commander-in-Chief has repeatedly stressed securing and sustaining a strong military. An August 13 White House Fact Sheet says,
“We must protect those who protect us. When our service members are in uniform, it is our obligation to ensure that they have the finest equipment, the finest training, care, and resources— better than any military on earth.”
Also, in a subsequent White House statement the same day, President Trump says,
“Today, I have signed into law H.R. 5515…This Act authorizes fiscal year 2019 appropriations for critical Department of Defense (DOD) national security programs, provides vital benefits for military personnel and their families, and includes authorities to facilitate ongoing military operations around the globe. I applaud the Congress for passing this bill to provide the DOD with the resources it needs to support our Armed Forces and keep America safe.”
The tenants of American rule of law are based in a free republic and individual rights.
“What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789.
Trump embraces the wisdom of America’s Founding Fathers…who created a model representative government. This governance extols the virtues of free choice and fosters achievement beyond the known limits of the human mind. These liberties and laws bless all societies and propel humanity into the future, with visions fulfilled to pass on to those to come.
“Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.”
“The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.”
“Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better,” says Trump, America’s 45th president.
Featured Photo: NEW YORK, NY, Sep 25, 2018. President Trump Addresses the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo The White House, https://youtu.be/q6XXNWC5Koc