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President Trump’s UN Speech vs. Action On Iran And North Korea

President Trump gave a speech for the ages at the United Nations yesterday. And in calling out the international malefactors, terrorists and warmongers by name Trump set a new tone of clarity and directness in the relations between the United States and those countries that have chosen to make America their enemy.

Trump UN SpeechWe liked the President’s almost lyrical hymn to the benefits of national sovereignty:

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.

And we especially liked President Trump’s celebration of the American Constitution before a body that has often been hostile to both sovereignty and the American concept of constitutional liberty:

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.

And of course, those who advocate military action on the Korean peninsula were thrilled when President Trump once again made it plain that North Korea’s reckless actions were bringing it closer and closer to a military response from the United States:

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.

But the President’s most important, and politically risky, remarks were directed not toward North Korea, but to another rogue state – the Islamic Republic of Iran.

…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 lives, 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.

In his remarks on Iran President Trump threw down the gauntlet to not only the Islamic terrorist regime in Teheran, but to the former Obama administration that made the Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal its signature foreign policy achievement; feckless Republicans, such as Senator Robert Corker, who facilitated the agreement; and to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and to many on his own White House staff, such as National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, who believe that the United States should stay in the agreement, even in the face of Iran’s continued breaches of it.

After these remarks, President Trump cannot once again certify that Iran is in compliance with the agreement – and the next deadline for certification is coming in October – because doing so will undermine not just his position vis a vis Iran, but his position vis a vis every other rogue state and adversary, including Russia and China, and especially North Korea.

It can never be forgotten that there is a direct nexus between the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile programs and the Iranian nuclear weapons and missile programs.

If President Trump once again certifies that Iran is in compliance with the Obama nuclear weapons deal it is a certainty that the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile programs will accelerate and the cooperation between the two rogue states will bring them both closer to being able to confront the United States on a nuclear battlefield.

We urge CHQ readers to use this link to contact the White House. Tell President Trump you want actions to back up his words before the United Nations, and that it is folly to embolden Iran and North Korea, and facilitate their nuclear weapons and missile cooperation, by falsely certifying Iran is in compliance with Obama’s dangerous Iran nuclear deal.

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