1. Pres. Trump asserted the American constitutional system of governance, as Rick Manning said,
“not as imposition but an example to be followed, while at the same time respecting the sovereignty of other nations.”
2. The speech was a clear departure from the Obama era of apology. The Diplomad calls the speech “a powerful and clear foreign policy vision,”
It is a return to seeing the world as a collection of nation-states, each with its own interests and culture; states which can and should find areas of mutual cooperation while living their own lives and allowing others to live theirs. It is a step back from the silly borderless globalism which has produced the multi-cultural havoc we see in Western cities, and along our southern border. He puts our interests first, and asks other leaders to do the same with their countries. Revolutionary.
3. Trump was clear on Iran, Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela,
The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided the United States has ever entered into.
That is why in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in Cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the Cuban people to live in freedom. My administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.
On North Korea, the country headed by Rocket Man,
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.
4. Three words you didn’t hear often during the Obama administration: radical Islamic terrorism,
We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.
5. And, last, but not least,
Bonus: He did not need to say, “Let me be clear.” He was.
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Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog