This week, during President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations, he claimed his administration had done more than any other in the nation’s history, illustrating the concept of the self-fulfilling prophecy to perfection.
The world laughed.
Dignitaries from all over the globe, our neighbors and peers upon the world stage laughed at the President. And you know what, I really can’t blame them at all.
President Trump spent his time on the stage defending our country’s economy, casually forgetting about the deficit being blasted into oblivion by the tax plan he signed not too long ago, as well his tough stance on China and his diplomatic successes with North Korea.
Let’s examine the China part for just a small second. At a recent conference, President Trump, per an article by the BBC, was quoted saying China respected his “very, very large brain,” though we are currently in a trade war with the country that effectively owns our debt.
Oh, and yesterday, it was reported that Trump blamed China for election meddling in the upcoming midterms, in addition to his usual jabs about trade manipulation.
Inaccurate, but to form at least.
Trump also spent his time at the pulpit pursuing the theme of American sovereignty and stating, without irony, “The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”
This is rich considering the amount of times the United States has meddled in the affairs of other nations, particularly those with communist governments we didn’t like at the time.
Let’s not forget the whole Contra thing, shall we? We did supply and train those guys, after all.
In addition, Trump decided to lambast Iran, stating its leaders “sow chaos, death and destruction … they do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations.”
Again, Trump is unaware of his past comments about our own neighbors Mexico and Canada, where he has insulted their leaders and citizenry with his implications that America is not getting “their best” – i.e. their rapists and drug addicts.
There’s also the fact that Iran was, in the case of the nuclear facilities, following all the rules and regulations set up by his predecessor and our contemporaries around the globe. It was not until the Trump administration that Iran had suddenly run afoul.
Of course, that doesn’t matter at this point in our president’s very, very large brain.
Following Trump’s tirade, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, “The United States’ understanding of international relations is authoritarian. In its estimation, might makes right. Its understanding of power, not of legal and legitimate authority, is reflected in bullying and imposition.”
I’ve got to say, he didn’t miss a beat, considering Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, was reported to have warned Iran’s leadership against “crossing” the U.S.
Look, maybe having Iran being able to call you out on the world stage isn’t the best for your country’s image? Oh, and the fact our friends and allies are reportedly setting up a new payment system with Iran to specifically bypass U.S. sanctions definitely hurts the argument Iran isn’t playing by the rules.
The United States is forgetting our place in the global framework that we helped build after World War II. We have a president and several officials in our capital who are not only ignoring decency and the norms of governance, but also ignoring facts and spouting falsehoods.
This is pathetic and shameful.
We deserve every laugh and chuckle at our expense.