The US tried to police the world for decades. Trump just wants to bomb it

This is not presidential, or statesmanlike, behaviour:

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on “righteous” countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

Trump said: “The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,” the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests.

“The US has great strength and patience,” Trump said. But he added: “If it is forced to defend ourselves or our allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

As alarmed murmurs spread around the hall, Trump had another barb. Using his newly adopted epithet for Kim Jong-un, Trump said: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

Source: Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech | US news | The Guardian

Here’s a video of his words:

This was at the United Nations, folks! The organisation was set up to maintain worldwide peace and security; to develop relations among nations; to foster co-operation between nations in order to solve economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian international problems.

And Donald Trump went there to threaten the destruction of another UN member state.

His words were inappropriate – especially his use of the derogatory ‘Rocket Man’ nickname for Kim Jong Un. Don’t just take my word for it:

And he has provoked the afore-mentioned ‘Rocket Man’ with those words. The standoff with North Korea can only become more tense now.

Worst of all: He didn’t have to do it.

Mr Trump had just agreed a deal with China’s leader Xi Jinping to “maximise pressure” on Pyongyang via UN-approved sanctions.

That is the way forward. Sanctions, diplomacy, co-operation with China – which is North Korea’s strongest ally. If China turns against Kim Jong Un, as appears to have happened, then he is in an untenable position.

Will he back down?

It is entirely possible that he might have…

And then Mr Trump made that stupid speech.

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  1. Paul Rutherford September 20, 2017 at 1:55 am - Reply


    I can’t say it… but

    The man is supremely dangerous.

    • Ballistic September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      FAO Paul Rutherford:

      I assume the man you refer to is the supremely dangerous, mentally dubious, Rocket Man man himself over in NK!

  2. Owen Williams September 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    This, from a man who reportedly had to be banned from National Security briefings as President-Elect, because he wouldn’t stop asking the same stupid, insipid question of why America can’t just settle every conflict with nuclear weapons, and military officials got sick of explaining it to him in the simplest terms possible.

    The only thing worse than the fact that this racist, sexist, bigoted fascist idiot is now in-charge of one of the world’s most powerful nations, is the fact that he now has nuclear launch codes and simply CANNOT WAIT to use them. He’s like a kid who’s found his dad’s gun, and is eager to show all the other kids who make fun of him who’s the boss.

  3. NMac September 21, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Trump is the most unstable and dangerous character the world has ever seen.

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