We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
... and the usual suspects denigrate a speech calling for the relief of the oppression of others caught in the grinder of Socialism and Communism (Venezuela, North Korea), announcing the willingness to meet threats to ourselves and allies with force if necessary, calling a one-sided deal with state sponsors of terror an embarrassment, and re-emphasizing the truth that Socialism doesn't work anywhere.
Ben Rhodes said we alienated our allies. Which ones were those? Iran? North Korea? China? Venezuela?
Di-Fi worried that if we killed the Iran deal, other countries would think twice about making deals with us. Hey Di-Fi! I don't remember your fretting about that when Obama broke the promise to deploy anti missile defenses in Poland or our promise to defend Ukraine when they gave up their nukes.
That speech could have been given by JFK and EVERYBODY, including the press and Democrats, would have hailed it as a great speech. My how times have changed.
Z: The U.S. never agreed to defend Ukraine. They did agree not to attack the Ukraine.
Again, not the way I remember it. The US signed the Budapest Memorandum which
... included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
As a result, between 1994 and 1996, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons. Before that, Ukraine had the world's third largest nuclear weapons stockpile, of which Ukraine had physical if not operational control. The use of the weapons was dependent on Russian-controlled electronic Permissive Action Links and the Russian command and control system.
mudbug: And which one of those did Trump alienate and how?
It undermines the NATO alliance to suggest that the U.S. will not honor its agreements, especially when in the light of his previous statements about the reliability of U.S. security guarantees in Europe.
mudbug: That's not the way I remember it
The deal didn't require the U.S. to provide missile defence, but allowed it, saying ""The United States may undertake construction activities on ... the Base", as well as including an opt-out provision. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration deployed a more reliable missile defence system in Romania.
mudbug: The US signed the Budapest Memorandum
The signatories agreed not to threaten the sovereignty of the Ukraine, which is not a mutual defence treaty.
Now, like all of you, my responsibility is to act in the interest of my nation and my people, and I will never apologize for defending those interests.
But make no mistake: This cannot solely be America's endeavor. Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone. We have sought -- in word and deed -- a new era of engagement with the world. And now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.
Now, if we are honest with ourselves, we need to admit that we are not living up to that responsibility.
jimg: North Korea threatens the US and its allies.
Yes, they have. Of course, the United States has also threatened North Korea. The problem is that North Korea sees nuclear weapons as their only safeguard against American interference in their affairs. Diplomacy may have worked at one time (there was an agreed framework in the 1990s that the U.S. abrogated), but it seems unlikely to work now. North Korea is a nuclear power, and doesn't seem willing to unilaterally disarm.
jimg: Zachriel takes the side of North Korea.
Hardly. But if you want a denuclearized Korea, then you have to understand why North Korea wants a nuclear capability, and why they don't trust the Americans, before you can find a solution.
But if the governments of Iran and North Korea choose to ignore international standards; if they put the pursuit of nuclear weapons ahead of regional stability and the security and opportunity of their own people; if they are oblivious to the dangers of escalating nuclear arms races in both East Asia and the Middle East -- then they must be held accountable. The world must stand together to demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced.