There’s been significant chatter about President Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he called out the evil regimes of North Korea (sup, Rocket Man?), Iran (remember them in the 60’s? The Ayatollah definitely helped), and Venezuela (but don’t worry guys, that’s not real socialism).
President Trump departed from his past foreign policy messaging, particularly the isolationist-leaning rhetoric from his campaign trail. Instead, he delivered a “peace through strength” style speech to the world’s leaders.
You can watch and/or read the full transcript of the President’s address here.
One member of the socialist hellhole known as Venezuela did not take kindly to President Trump’s comments about the South American nation, which went as follows:
“The socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country. This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule.”
On top of that, President Trump delivered one of his best lines yet (he does have “the best words,” after all).
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.”
He is absolutely right. Some dissenters may respond to this by shouting about the Scandinavian states and how awesome their socialism is, but those countries (and others in Europe) still provide significant room for free markets to operate, something that is anathema to “real socialism.”
Unsurprisingly, the Venezuela delegation did not appreciate President Trump’s harsh criticisms. What snowflakes they are! The Maduro government sent a spokesperson, Jorge Arreaza, to a press conference lectern at the UN to respond. He did so in a way that, well, backfired.
“This return to the Cold [War] world. I—for a moment we didn’t know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or to President Trump in 2017.”
Ummm…yeah, about that.
Mr. Arreaza might want to read a history book, particularly one that doesn’t originate from a “Militant Socialist-Chavista-Bolivarian” classroom. (This is actually how he describes himself in his Twitter bio).
Mr. Arreaza is clearly unaware that Ronald Reagan is the most popular modern Republican U.S. President ever because he presided over the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Add to that the fact that Reagan’s very un-socialist economic policies propelled the United States into over a decade of unparalleled peace and prosperity. I’m guessing President Trump does not mind being compared to the Gipper. Just a wild guess.
Arreaza’s comment is far and away my favorite story to come out of the UN General Assembly. President Trump’s nod to Elton John in reference to Kim Jong Un is a close second. I get so much joy watching leaders of the world’s worst countries get so triggered by Trump’s statements. It’s quite refreshing after eight years of President Obama’s global apology tour that he called foreign policy.
Now we just need the President Trump’s words to translate into actions.
Continue to beef up the Korean Peninsula and East Asia’s missile defense systems. Shoot down one of North Korea’s test missiles if you have to. Terminate the Iran nuclear deal. Move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Tighten economic sanctions on Venezuela’s government until they allow a free and open election to occur.
That’s a tall order. For now, I’m content with speeches similar to Trump’s address at the UN, especially if they elicit responses like Jorge Arreaza’s.
Cover image courtesy of La Radio del Sur