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Deciphering Trump at the UN


It is obvious that the speech of Donald Trump started from cynical self-laudation - the same pro-populist rhetoric that was used during his election campaign in 2016.

But the problem is this autho-glorification mixed with lies creates certain geopolitical messages.

Just look at it.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country…”

America’s economy is booming like never before".

Really? Have any factories been built in U.S. during the last two years? Have the stock-market's booms and the activity of the transnational corporations had a  good impact on the  American nation? But for small groups of tycoons. Trump personally, is not experienced with the real economic sector, but merely the real estate business that is far removed from the needs of ordinary citizens.

Reforms can't be evaluated immediately. The Obamacare program was in action about decade and only now can we analyze its results.

"Funding for our military — $700 billion this year, and $716 billion next year."

Is this really a great achievement?

Years before millions of dollars were used for the planning and constructing of a production that is still under question - is it good enough for the US military? Just check the characteristics of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II or the Littoral combat ships. So much noise around the first and a steady flow of criticisms about the second. But this  is merely the tip of the iceberg. US military expenses don’t correspond with security and technological needs. The Military industrial complex must be giving Trump applause for the prolongation of these senseless projects, enhancing, as they do, their own wealth.

Trump told the UN that "America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination". But why are American soldiers still at the Guantanamo base (that is Cuban sovereign territory) where a horrible prison, at which war crimes were committed, was installed? And what about the other military bases around the globe where the native populations do not welcome the US?

But POTUS "only asks that you honor our sovereignty in return."

This is not just cynical but hypocritical as well.

Donald Trump presented the negotiation process between North and South Korea as his own success but this was a lie.

Kim Jong Un and Mr. Moon were the ones who were responsible and interested in peace on the Korean peninsula. Yes, "rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled," but it is a clear message to the Washington that they should  withdraw their own troops from South Korea too.

If the “coercive actions” of North Korea from the point of view of the US is a kind of threat or challenge, the same activity of the US in the region (read - joint military drills with South Korea or any military presence) may likewise be claimed as threat or challenge - not only for North Korea, but for the Pacific region in general.

The same holds true in the Middle East.

The Yemeni people are still suffering under Saudi/UAE aggression using weapons made in the US (as well as in other Western countries). But Trump mentions only that "the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime."

But when a schoolbus, which was carrying children,  in Yemen was eliminated by the airstrikes of Saudi Arabia the White House kept silent about the atrocity. And now we listen only to the continuous bla-bla-bla about the "horrible, horrific civil war."

There also were some strange words - 'the brutal regime... the corrupt dictatorship in Iran."

Trump claims that "Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations... Iran’s neighbors have paid a heavy toll for the region’s [regime’s] agenda of aggression and expansion. That is why so many countries in the Middle East strongly supported my decision to withdraw the United States from the horrible 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and re-impose nuclear sanctions."

Probably Mr. Trump doesn't know the geography of the region mentioned. Who has paid for the Iranian agenda of expansion? Armenia? Azerbaijan? Turkey? Maybe Turkmenistan? Or Afghanistan and Pakistan?

The only neighboring nation that closely cooperates with Iran is Iraq. Because of the Shia population there and its own domestic security reasons.

However let's remember that the US supported the Iraq of Saddam Hussein in his brutal war against Iran and then later overthrew the Hussein regime. When Iraq became a safe haven  for ISIS and the  country was suffering under  terrorist attack it was logical that any neighbor would be interested in cooperating with the legal government  by providing assistance for counter-terrorism activity.

But Iran was then accused by Trump  of being "the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism"!

POTUS claimed that  Iran "threatens Israel with annihilation!"

The ex President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran is against Israeli statehood because it favors joint Israeli-Palestinian statehood instead. Do you see the difference? But most of the liberal and pro-Israeli media started a disinformation campaign with fake news that "Iran wants to destroy Israel!"

And now the administration of Trump, which is known as supporter of Israel (also because of the religious  ties of  Jared Kushner) "ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues."

Trump said that "I moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem" but at the same time mentioned that "The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians."

A double standard was presented again - and this is why many world governments have ceased to trust to US any longer.

But Trump referred to this as "America’s policy of principled realism".

It is interesting that 30 seconds after these words were spoken Trump said that "we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals".

But if the deals were bad why were they signed in the first place?

The next "victim" of Trump's rhetoric became China -  he told that "China’s market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated".

Meanwhile under current global interdependence this seems like a fantasy. Another fantasy is the phrase that "The United States stands ready to export our abundant, affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas."

And especially Trump’s ridiculous claim that "Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course".

When affairs in the Western Hemisphere and the Monroe Doctrine were mentioned the first country that emerged in my mind was not Cuba or Venezuela like Trump claimed, but Mexico.

Do you remember the famous expression that the US has two neighbors only - fish and Mexicans?

But Mexico, in my eyes, is one,  not because of Trump's wall, but due to the narcowars launched by the direct order and assistance of the US itself.

Lets calculate how many people were assassinated during the drug wars started under the presidency of Felipe Calderon. Many more than the victims in Syria during the time when Washington called to bomb this country and intervene under the doctrine of responsibility to protect. Why was there no intervention into Mexico then?

Trump stated that "All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone."

And also he claimed that:

"There is India, a free society over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class.

There is Saudi Arabia, where King Salman and the Crown Prince are pursuing bold new reforms.

There is Israel, proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary as a thriving democracy in the Holy Land."

How can India be considered a free society if a caste system is still in place? Where child labour is the norm. Where millions live on a few dollars a month without any conveniences?

Does Trump believe that reforms in Saudi Arabia will bring equality for men and woman? I don’t.

And what about the new law in Israel where non-jews are recognized as non-citizens? Is it democracy?

Trump told right words that "Many countries are pursuing their own unique visions, building their own hopeful futures, and chasing their own wonderful dreams of destiny, of legacy, and of a home. The whole world is richer, humanity is better, because of this beautiful constellation of nations, each very special, each very unique, and each shining brightly in its part of the world."

But it does not work when high minded words do not match practice that harms most of the nations whose visions of the future differ from the American one.

Mr. Trump mentioned sovereignty many times in his speech. But who will advise him to respect the sovereignty of other countries?

Author: John Raven