Whichever side you’re on, Trump is frightening and alarming

ROGER CALDWELL | 9/28/2017, 11:52 a.m.
At the United Nations last week, President Trump gave his first official speech, and made it clear to the world ...
President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017. UNTV

At the United Nations last week, President Trump gave his first official speech, and made it clear to the world that he is in charge, and he will destroy any nation if America is “provoked.” No one knows what “provoked” means, but America has the power and capacity through its military force to totally destroy a nation.

Some will applaud Trump because he thinks, as many Americans think, that we are no longer leading from behind. His overheated argument about national sovereignty has fooled many Americans into thinking that the world must accept and follow Trump’s inflammatory speech and world view.

But, Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister said, “It must have been decades since one last heard a speech like that in the U.N.’s General Assembly. … This was a speech at the wrong time to the wrong audience.”

It does not matter which side you support, Trump is one of the most powerful men on the planet, and no one can predict what he will say or do the next minute or the next day.

In his speech, Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” and warned that he is on a suicide mission for himself and his rouge regime. He called the nuclear deal involving Iran an “embarrassment” for the U.S., and said the U.N. must stop its support of terrorists around the world. He called Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government a “criminal regime” and said violence plagued regions of the world “are going to hell.”

Many thought that Trump would be more diplomatic when speaking on the world stage, but he focused on childish name-calling, threatening mass war and intimidating radical Islamic terrorists. One minute Trump was talking about the diversity of the mission of the U.N., and the next minute he is talking about wiping a country off the planet.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said, “In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.”

John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. during President George W. Bush’s administration said, “The best speech of Trump’s presidency. I think the centerpiece of the speech was the criticism of the behavior of North Korea and Iran.”

It is obvious that Trump has his supporters around the world, and many Americans think we need a large expensive military force to confront our many enemies around the world. Trump claims he met with leaders of many nations who agree with much of what he said in his speech, and domestically, reactions are largely divided along party lines.

America is at a crossroads, and the decisions the Republicans make in the next year will determine the future of America for many decades to come. The lies and utter foolishness coming from our president must be resisted and challenged by progressive-thinking Americans.

Trump’s speech was close-minded, self-centered and dangerous for world peace. If America is to remain the greatest nation in the world, it must have a global perspective, and always utilize diplomacy to move forward progressive goals and objectives. Threatening to walk away from global agreements such as the Paris Climate deal and the Iran deal isolates America and damages our credibility.

It is hard to imagine, as a result of the last election, America has made a radical shift to the right, and we are confused and dysfunctional with this new leadership. Many Americans are afraid of what Trump will decide tomorrow and are held hostage by his early morning tweets.

A nation’s ideological thinking will determine if the speech is considered excellent or extremely disappointing. Many of Trump’s words were irresponsible, but he really does not care. Stating that America has the power to wipe a country off the planet is a psychologically deranged comment, and extremely frightening.