Trump's U.N. Speech Cemented His Dark Vision for the World

President Donald Trump's address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday may have been the most hostile, dangerous, and intellectually confused — if not outright dishonest — speech ever delivered by an American president to an international body.It began, as all Trump speeches must begin, it seems, with a boast of how much better life in America has been since his election: stock market up, unemployment down, military stronger. This was a clue that the speech, though sometimes couched in the language of international principles (and dotted with thanks to the U.N. for helping out here and there), was really going to be about Trump — and Trump's dark vision of what the world should look like.In surprisingly stark terms, he warned that if "Rocket Man" (his new nickname for Kim Jong-un) doesn't dismantle his nuclear program, the United States "will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." He all but announced the abrogation of the Iran nuclear deal, repeating his utterly false claim that it's "one of the worst and most one-sided" deals the U.S. has ever made. He singled out Cuba, Venezuela and (again) Iran for their horrid human rights records and, in the case of Iran, support of terrorist groups.  Continue reading...

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