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Trump blasts “ROCKET MAN” Kim, and the “dictatorships” of Iran, Syria and Venezuela in first UN speech

Donald Trump’s speech was little more than a list of threats against North Korea, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Cuba with subtle references to Russia and China.

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Donald Trump has delivered a shockingly bellicose speech during his first appearance before the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The speech began by striking a tone which sounded more like a speech before a domestic US audience than before the nations of the world.

Trump welcomed delegates and leaders to his home town of New York before citing the fact that his leadership has brought the US stock markets to record highs. He also cited a sixteen year low unemployment rate in the US before proudly announcing that the US is now spending record amounts on the military.

The US President then said that the US military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. This would be the central element of a speech that was filled with threats against fellow members of the United Nations.

Early in the speech Trump stated that the US will not be guided by ideology, nor seek to impose its will on the wider world. He further said that “outcomes” based problem solving is preferable to ideological struggle. Trump remarked that he seeks to protect America first and that it is the duty of all nations to protect their own citizens above all else. This earned Trump a considerable amount of applause from the chamber, although this adoration would be short lived. The remaining parts of the speech contradicted this notion in the most extreme manner imaginable.

Much like George W. Bush’s infamously violent  ‘Axis of Evil’ speech before the US Congress, Trump used the United Nations as a forum to deliver military threats against several fellow nations.

While Trump spoke of “principled realism”, his speech was anything but. He cited threats to ‘sovereignty’ from “the Ukraine to the South China Sea” in an apparent insult to both Russia and China, one which however, does not accurately reflect the realities of the borderlands and maritime territories of either country.

He then moved on to criticising countries he called a “small group of rogue regimes” which according to Trump, threaten world peace.

NORTH KOREA

The US President stated that North Korea threatens the entire world calling the government in Pyongyang a “depraved regime”.

He threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea with military force if what he sees as a problem is not solved.

He then said,

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime”. 

This is a reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un whom Trump previously referred to as “rocket man” in a disparaging Tweet just days ago.

He then accused North Korea of starving its citizens, killing the brother of the current leader (a charge which no one has presented thorough evidence to back up) and also blamed Pyongyang for the death of Otto Warmbier, a US citizen who died on American soil after his early release from a prison in North Korea.

Donald Trump thanked Russia and China for voting in favour of further sanctions against North Korea at the UN Security Council but warned that if the UN cannot solve the issue, the US is prepared to use military force against North Korea, ostensibly in a preemptive attack.

IRAN

Donald Trump then turned to Iran calling it a “corrupt dictatorship” which threatens Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was in the audience, looked on with smiling approval at that point.

Donald Trump lambasted Iran further, saying that its main export is violence, including terrorism. Calling the Lebanese political party Hezbollah a “terrorist group”, Trump criticised Iran for its support of Hezbollah.

Trump then said that the JCPOA, which Trump called by its colloquial name, the Iran nuclear deal, was an “embarrassment to the United States”.

He indicated that the deal is all but over before once again accusing Iran of sponsoring terrorism, a patently untrue allegation. Iran is helping both Syria and Iraq to fight ISIS.

Trump then praised Saudi Arabia, a country considered to be the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism, and thanked the Saudi regime for helping the US to fight “radical Islamic terrorism”.

The US leader then vowed that the US will crush “loser terrorists” in spite of all else.

SYRIA 

Donald Trump called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “dictator” supported by Iran. He further restated the discredited story that Syria used chemical weapons on civilians in Idlib on the 4 of April 2017. The US President then congratulated himself on his decision to illegally strike Syria on the 6th of April in relation to the alleged chemical attack.

VENEZUELA and CUBA

Turning to Latin America, Donald Trump called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a “socialist dictator” whose alleged failures are due to the fact that he has “faithfully implemented” socialism in Venezuela. This statement elicited audible laughter from the audience at the General Assembly.

Trump then went on to blast the alleged wickedness of socialism and communism before threatening possible military action against Venezuela.

Trump then defended his stance to reimpose sanctions on Cuba which he also criticised for having a socialist government.

CONCLUSION:

Donald Trump’s speech which began by talking about the US economy and ended by slamming mass migration, two elements clearly designed for domestic consumption, will be remembered by most people in the world for being a tiresome, insane sounding attack on the sovereignty of other nations, even as Trump claimed earlier in his speech that the US does not seek to force its ideology upon others.

His factual untruths about North Korea, Iran, Syria and Venezuela sounded more like a schoolboy delivering a rant against nations he finds distasteful than that of a world leader worthy of the name.

The speech, which was only the second in a long line of speeches by world leaders, will almost certainly be heavily criticised by Donald Trump’s fellow leaders in the hours and days to come.

 

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Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Also, on this day the US established their first permanent (!) base in Israel to “defend” against Iran.

Robert Duran
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Robert Duran

Wow..When did America sink so low?

Jets
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Jets

It started way back … with the annihilation of the natives …

George Wilson
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George Wilson

what a tosser

Voltaire
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Voltaire

This is all we could expect from this willy waving jackass Trumpo……

And all that praise for the UN and its founders and

NOT ONE WORD ABOUT THE UN CHARTER WHICH THE UNITED STATES RIPS UP EVERY DAY……

Voltaire
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Voltaire

If Kim is “Rocket Man”…

Trumpo is “Willy Waver”…(or “Pussy Grabber”…same thing)

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

…Like an out of control rabid animal, in need of putting down.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Blustering mouth full of sh#t, a weak character, co-opted, trying his best to compensate, with pathetic braggadocio.

christianblood
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christianblood

By now, Trump is NO different than Hilary. He is remotely-controlled by the Satanic “Deep State”
and the Evil, warmongering neocons.

Kaput
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Kaput

wowowowo I am really impressed, someone with brains…………. tks mate

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

We are legion:)

permopin
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permopin

Not impressed, Mr President!

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

could have been worse… Killary could have been standing up there.

christianblood
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christianblood

No difference. Killary=Trump=Deep State Neocons!

7awmee7
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7awmee7

Donald Trump is wrongly advised just as Pharaoh was foolishly admonished by his ego during the time of Moses. And then the divine punishment came to the wrongdoers in a split of a second. Time to repent USA not to be stubborn and tyrannical.

Kaput
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Kaput

where did you get that from ???????? Walt Disney ?????

colum
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colum

Can’t believe I missed this, but it isn’t that Trump was any more misinformed than everyone else. Before 9/11 (and for a while after) how many believed (or cared little for) the narrative? Trump is no Politician and his policies and actions reflect that. He gets on like a town mayor in the oval office, not realising the stakes are a hell of a lot higher. I’m not going to big up politicians, but I will say this for all of them (even the good ones). The core tennet of high level politics is deplomacy and all politicians practice it,… Read more »

Anne Felippe
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Anne Felippe

Syria? Where did that come from? Did he include them because the US couldn’t destroy them?
Destroy NK? Did he also say destroy SK as well, because that is obviously what would happen if the US tried to hit NK.
I can’t stand to see or read the news anymore…..

Constantine
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Constantine

Donald Trump just farted directly on the faces of his supporters and they feel that this was a breath fresh air. They have shown themselves to be servile imbeciles by filling the internet comment sections with their idiocy.

SPQR
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SPQR

The cult of personality is unusually strong in the US. All a politician need do over there to have the mob follow him blindly even to their own doom is appeal to their vanity while also stoking their fears and paranoia. It is particularly sad to see so many in the alternative media swallow the Trump kool aid despite all the evidence we now have that the man is another deranged neocon who poses a threat to all living creatures on Earth. There are dark days ahead of us.

hestroy
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hestroy

You are ABSOLUTELY right!

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

This proves that Trump and the regime he represents are insane warmongers. There is no hope for the USA. The quicker it crumbles away, the better for world peace. The USA is the number one rogue nation on the planet.

BobValdez
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BobValdez

Frankly, I didn’t even bother to watch the video. I didn’t want to puke in my coffee.

Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

So then,Orangutan man threatens countries from even inside the UN.A violation of the UN Charter.And the “weak sisters” in the UN just sit and tolerate it.And some people wonder why the US thinks it can cow them all. They see it with their own eyes. There is no reason to just “think it”,they “know it”. But I gotta love that Trump has freed the world from having to show respect in names for leaders.I like “Orangutan man” myself and hope North Korea,Iran,Syria,and Venezuela will adopt it..Russia and China should as well. But they are “old fuddies” when it comes to… Read more »

Kaput
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Kaput

was anyone really taking notice of such a “dirty mouth “…lol better sit back and enjoy Gone with the Wind.

John Burns
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The utter hypocrisy of America is epitomised in this speech by a wind-bag who leads a country whose tires are also leaking air as it wheezes from lack of financial security. Even as it blurts out streams of lies to bolster their currency, the clock ticks inexorably towards its demise.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Give Cuba and Venezuela nukes. That will shut badgerhead up! Russian nukes to Cuba. Chinese nukes to Venezuela. And Russian and Chinese nukes to Iran.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

What did he say? “I am ready to kill 27 million people in North Korea (and probably as many would be killed in South Korea).” What does the United States want? Do “better” than Hitler?

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Shut ‘er down! The US no longer has a right or any reason to exist. Hang and execute all the Deep Staters and break up the USA into 50 pieces.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The other night I watched the 4-hour “Apocalypse Now Redux” extended version of Coppola film. That’s what the US flying squads did to Vietnamese, not US’ history edulcorate version. As bad as nazis.
“They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force–nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
― Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness”, book which inspired “Apocalypse Now”.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“Sovereignty is anathema to the global financial elites.”
Remind me again how US respected Serbia, Iraq, Libya and now, as we speak , Syria’s sovereignty and other numerous countries, which were attacked in the 72 years since the end of WWII. Yes, US doesn’t give a damn about other countries’ sovereignty and inviolable borders, land and air space. Yes, sovereignty of other countries is anathema to US .

alice215
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alice215

a speech to the war machine, record profits, record opportunities

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May Forces Brexit Betrayal to its Crisis Point

We’re 29 months later and the U.K. is no closer to being out of the EU than the day of the vote. 

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The only words that were left out of Theresa May’s announcement of achieving Cabinet approval over her Brexit deal were Mission Accomplished.

Theresa May was put in charge of the U.K. to betray Brexit from the beginning.  She always represented the interests of the European Union and those in British Parliament that backed remaining in the EU.

No one in British ‘high society’ wanted Brexit to pass.   No. One.

No one in Europe’s power elite wanted Brexit to pass.  No. One.

No one in the U.S.’s power elite wanted Brexit to pass.  No. One.

When it did pass The Davos Crowd began the process of sabotaging it.  The fear mongering has done nothing but intensify.  And May has done nothing but waffle back and forth, walking the political tight rope to remain in power while trying to sell EU slavery to the both sides in British Parliament.

We’re 29 months later and the U.K. is no closer to being out of the EU than the day of the vote.  Why?

Because Theresa May’s 585 page ‘deal’ is the worst of all possible outcomes.  If it passes it will leave the EU with near full control over British trade and tax policy while the British people and government have no say or vote in the matter.

It’s punishment for the people getting uppity about their future and wanting something different than what had been planned for them.

Mr. Juncker and his replacement will never have to suffer another one of Nigel Farage’s vicious farragoes detailing their venality ever again.  YouTube will get a whole lot less interesting.

It’s almost like this whole charade was designed this way.

Because it was.

May has tried to run out the clock and scare everyone into accepting a deal that is worse than the situation pre-Brexit because somehow a terrible deal is better than no deal.  But, that’s the opposite of the truth.

And she knows it.  She’s always known it but she’s gone into these negotiations like the fragile wisp of a thing she truly is.

There’s a reason I call her “The Gypsum Lady.” She’s simply the opposite of Margaret Thatcher who always knew what the EU was about and fought to her last political breath to avoid the trap the U.K. is now caught in.

The U.K. has had all of the leverage in Brexit talks but May has gone out of her way to not use any of it while the feckless and evil vampires in Europe purposefully complicate issues which are the height of irrelevancy.

She has caved on every issue to the point of further eroding what’s left of British sovereignty.  This deal leaves the U.K. at the mercy of Latvia or Greece in negotiating any trade agreement with Canada.  Because for a deal between member states to be approved, all members have to approve of it.

So, yeah, great job Mrs. May.  Mission Accomplished.  They are popping champagne corks in Brussels now.

But, this is a Brexit people can be proud of.

Orwell would be proud of Theresa May for this one.

You people are leaving.  Let the EU worry about controlling their borders.  And if Ireland doesn’t like the diktats coming from Brussels than they can decide for themselves if staying in the EU is worth the trouble.

The entire Irish border issue is simply not May’s problem to solve.  Neither is the customs union or any of the other stuff.  These are the EU’s problems.   They are the ones who don’t want the Brits to leave.

Let them figure out how they are going to trade with the U.K.  It is so obvious that this entire Brexit ‘negotiation’ is about protecting the European project as a proxy for the right of German automakers to export their cars at advantageous exchange rates to the U.K. at everyone’s expense.

Same as it was in the days of The Iron Lady.

If all of this wasn’t so predictable it would be comical.

Because the only people more useless than Theresa May are the Tories who care only about keeping their current level of the perks of office.

The biggest takeaway from this Brexit fiasco is that even more people will check out of the political system. They will see it even more clearly for what it is, an irredeemable miasma of pelf and privilege that has zero interest in protecting the rights of its citizens or the value of their labor.

It doesn’t matter if it’s voter fraud in the U.S. or a drawn out betrayal of a binding referendum. There comes a point where those not at the political fringes look behind the veil and realize changing the nameplate above the door doesn’t change the policy.

And once they realize that confidence fails and systems collapse.

Brexit was the last gasp of a dying empire to assert its national relevancy.  Even if this deal is rejected by parliament the process has sown deep divisions which will lead to the next trap and the next and the next and the next.

By then Theresa May will be a distant memory, being properly rewarded by her masters for a job very well done.


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The DOJ Is Preparing To Indict Julian Assange

Ecuador’s relationship with Assange has deteriorated considerably with the election of President Lenin Moreno.

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The US Justice Department is preparing to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which, after sensitive international negotiations, would likely trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, according to the Wall Street Journalciting people in Washington familiar with the matter.

Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against Mr. Assange, the people said. Mr. Assange has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since receiving political asylum from the South American country in 2012.

The people familiar with the case wouldn’t describe whether discussions were under way with the U.K. or Ecuador about Mr. Assange, but said they were encouraged by recent developments.

The exact charges Justice Department might pursue remain unclear, but they may involve the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information. –WSJ

In short, the DOJ doesn’t appear to have a clear charge against Assange yet. Then there’s the optics of dragging Assange out of Ecuador’s London Embassy and into the United States, then prosecuting him, and if successful – jailing him.

Prosecuting someone for publishing truthful information would set a terrible and dangerous precedent,” said Assange lawyer Barry Pollack – who says he hasn’t heard anything about a US prosecution.

“We have heard nothing from authorities suggesting that a criminal case against Mr. Assange is imminent,” he added.

Moreover, assuming that even if the DOJ could mount a case, they would be required to prove that Russia was the source of a trove of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton that WikiLeaks released in the last few months of the 2016 election.

An indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller that portrayed WikiLeaks as a tool of Russian intelligence for releasing thousands of hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign has made it more difficult for Mr. Assange to mount a defense as a journalist. Public opinion of Mr. Assange in the U.S. has dropped since the campaign.

Prosecutors have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy, the people said, because a detailed explanation of the evidence against Mr. Assange could give Ecuadorean authorities a reason to turn him over. –WSJ

It’s no secret that Assange and Hillary Clinton aren’t exactly exchanging Christmas cards, however would WikiLeaks’ release of damaging information that was hacked (or copied locally on a thumb drive by a well-meaning American), be illegal for Assange as a publisher?

Despite scant clues as to how the DOJ will prosecute Assange aside from rumors that it has to do with the Espionage Act, the US Government is cooking on something. John Demers – head of the DOJ’s national security division, said last week regarding an Assange case: “On that, I’ll just say, we’ll see.”

The U.S. hasn’t publicly commented on whether it has made, or plans to make, any extradition request. Any extradition request from the U.S. would likely go to British authorities, who have an outstanding arrest warrant for Mr. Assange related to a Swedish sexual assault case. Sweden has since dropped the probe, but the arrest warrant stands.

Any extradition and prosecution would involve multiple sensitive negotiations within the U.S. government and with other countries. –WSJ

Beginning in 2010, the Department of Justice beginning under the Obama administration has drawn a distinction between WikiLeaks and other news organizations – with former Attorney General Eric Holder insisting that Assange’s organization does not deserve the same first amendment protections during the Chelsea Manning case in which the former Army intelligence analyst was found guilty at a court-martial of leaking thousands of classified Afghan War Reports.

US officials have given mixed messages over Assange, with President Trump having said during the 2016 election “I love WikiLeaks,” only to have his former CIA Director, Mike Pompeo label WikiLeaks akin to a foreign “hostile intelligence service” and a US adversary. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.”

Ecuador’s relationship with Assange, meanwhile, has deteriorated considerably with the election of President Lenin Moreno – who called the WikiLeaks founder a “stone in our shoe,” adding that Assange’s stay at the London embassy is unsustainable.

Ecuador has been looking to improve relations with the U.S., hosting Vice President Mike Pence in 2018 amid interest in increasing trade.

Ecuador’s Foreign Relations Ministry declined to comment. This month, Foreign Relations Minister José Valencia told a radio station the government hadn’t received an extradition request for Mr. Assange.

Mr. Assange has clashed with his Ecuadorean hosts in over internet access, visitors, his cat and other issues. Last month, he sued Ecuador over the conditions of his confinement. At a hearing last month, at which a judge rejected Mr. Assange’s claims, Mr. Assange said he expected to be forced out of the embassy soon.  –WSJ

Assange and Ecuador seem to have worked things out for the time being; with his months-long communication blackout mostly lifted (with strict rules against Assange participating in political activities that would affect Ecuador’s international relations). Assange is now allowed Wi-Fi, but has to foot the bill for his own phone calls and other communication.

In October, a judge threw out a lawsuit Assange filed against Ecuador from implementing the stricter rules,.

“Ecuador hasn’t violated the rights of anyone,” Attorney General Íñigo Salvador said after the court ruling. “It has provided asylum to Mr. Assange, and he should comply with the rules to live harmoniously inside Ecuador’s public installations in London.”Assange’s attorneys say he will appeal the ruling – however it may be a moot point if he’s dragged into a US courtroom sooner than later.

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Trump Understands The Important Difference Between Nationalism And Globalism

President Trump’s nationalism heralds a return to the old U.S. doctrine of non-intervention.

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President Macron’s protests against nationalism this weekend stand in stark contrast with the words of France’s WWII resistance leader and the man who would then become president: General Charles de Gaulle.

Speaking to his men in 1913, de Gaulle reminded them:

“He who does not love his mother more than other mothers, and his fatherland more than other fatherlands, loves neither his mother nor his fatherland.”

This unquestionable invocation of nationalism reveals how far France has come in its pursuit of globalist goals, which de Gaulle described later in that same speech as the “appetite of vice.”

While this weekend the media have been sharpening their knives on Macron’s words, for use against President Trump, very few have taken the time to understand what really created the conditions for the wars of the 20th century. It was globalism’s grandfather: imperialism, not nationalism.

This appears to have been understood at least until the 1980s, though forgotten now. With historical revisionism applied to nationalism and the great wars, it is much harder to understand what President Trump means when he calls himself a “nationalist.” Though the fault is with us, not him.

Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism … By pursuing our own interests first, with no regard to others,’ we erase the very thing that a nation holds most precious, that which gives it life and makes it great: its moral values,” President Macron declared from the pulpit of the Armistice 100 commemorations.

Had this been in reverse, there would no doubt have been shrieks of disgust aimed at Mr. Trump for “politicizing” such a somber occasion. No such shrieks for Mr. Macron, however, who languishes below 20 percent in national approval ratings in France.

With some context applied, it is remarkably easy to see how President Macron was being disingenuous.

Nationalism and patriotism are indeed distinct. But they are not opposites.

Nationalism is a philosophy of governance, or how human beings organize their affairs. Patriotism isn’t a governing philosophy. Sometimes viewed as subsidiary to the philosophy of nationalism, patriotism is better described as a form of devotion.

For all the grandstanding, Mr. Macron may as well have asserted that chicken is the opposite of hot sauce,so meaningless was the comparison.

Imperialism, we so quickly forget, was the order of the day heading into the 20th century. Humanity has known little else but empire since 2400 B.C. The advent of globalism, replete with its foreign power capitals and multi-national institutions is scarcely distinct.

Imperialism — as opposed to nationalism — seeks to impose a nation’s way of life, its currency, its traditions, its flags, its anthems, its demographics, and its rules and laws upon others wherever they may be.

Truly, President Trump’s nationalism heralds a return to the old U.S. doctrine of non-intervention, expounded by President George Washington in his farewell address of 1796:

” … It must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of [Europe’s] politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”

It should not have to be pointed out that the great wars of the 20th century could not be considered “ordinary vicissitudes”, but rather, that imperialism had begun to run amok on the continent.

It was an imperialism rooted in nihilism, putting the totality of the state at its heart. Often using nationalism as nothing more than a method of appeal, socialism as a doctrine of governance, and Jews as a subject of derision and scapegoating.

Today’s imperialism is known as globalism.

It is what drives nations to project outward their will, usually with force; causes armies to cross borders in the hope of subjugating other human beings or the invaded nation’s natural resources; and defines a world, or region, or continent by its use of central authority and foreign capital control.

Instead of armies of soldiers, imperialists seek to dominate using armies of economists and bureaucrats. Instead of forced payments to a foreign capital, globalism figured out how to create economic reliance: first on sterling, then on the dollar, now for many on the Euro. This will soon be leapfrogged by China’s designs.

And while imperialism has served some good purposes throughout human history, it is only when grounded in something larger than man; whether that be natural law, God, or otherwise. But such things are scarcely long-lived.

While benevolent imperialism can create better conditions over a period of time, humanity’s instincts will always lean towards freedom and self-governance.

It is this fundamental distinction between the United States’ founding and that of the modern Republic of France that defines the two nations.

The people of France are “granted” their freedoms by the government, and the government creates the conditions and dictates the terms upon which those freedoms are exercised.

As Charles Kesler wrote for the Claremont Review of Books in May, “As a result, there are fewer and fewer levers by which the governed can make its consent count”.

France is the archetypal administrative state, while the United States was founded on natural law, a topic that scarcely gets enough attention anymore.

Nationalism – or nationism, if you will – therefore represents a break from the war-hungry norm of human history. Its presence in the 20th century has been rewritten and bastardized.

A nationalist has no intention of invading your country or changing your society. A nationalist cares just as much as anyone else about the plights of others around the world but believes putting one’s own country first is the way to progress. A nationalist would never seek to divide by race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual preference, or otherwise. This runs contrary to the idea of a united, contiguous nation at ease with itself.

Certainly nationalism’s could-be bastard child of chauvinism can give root to imperialistic tendencies. But if the nation can and indeed does look after its own, and says to the world around it, “these are our affairs, you may learn from them, you may seek advice, we may even assist if you so desperately need it and our affairs are in order,” then nationalism can be a great gift to the 21st century and beyond.

This is what President Trump understands.

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