Secretary Tillerson Makes The Case for Denuclearization to the U.N. Security Council…

The United States leading diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, makes the historic case for peaceful denuclearization to the U.N. Security Council.

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[Transcript] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon. And I appreciate the opportunity to address the Security Council again, and I thank this month’s – this month’s chair, Ethiopia.

Members of the Security Council talk often of threats to global security.

The focus of today’s Security Council meeting is an issue of worldwide implications: nuclear proliferation.

At a time when stabbings, crudely constructed bombs, and trucks driven into crowds of innocent men, women, and children are often our enemies’ weapons of choice to attack us, it is easy to become complacent and see the threat of nuclear attacks as a relic of the Cold War.

The threat of a nuclear attack remains a grim reality. Those who would trigger such a horrific scenario pose a unique threat to the security of peace-loving nations.

The challenge for each of us is, “How can we decrease the threat posed by nuclear weapons, not just to our own people, but people the world over?”

Today I want to put four points forward:

The first is to highlight the positive trajectories of nations that have voluntarily relinquished nuclear weapons.

The second is to emphasize the moral burden of possessing nuclear weapons, and the enormous responsibility that accompanies stewardship of such devastating weapons, as well as the technologies and nuclear materials that go into them.

The third is to make clear acquiring nuclear weapons capability does not provide security, prestige, or other benefits – but instead represents a path to isolation and intense security scrutiny from the global community, as those responsible nuclear powers will check such uncertain, unpredictable threats.

And lastly, all nations, but most particularly the current nuclear powers, must recommit to sound nuclear security practices and robust and effective non-proliferation efforts in order to keep nuclear weapons and associated materials and technology out of the hands of irresponsible nations, terrorists, and non-state actors.

There are historical precedents of nations abandoning their nuclear weapons programs and arsenals out of self-interest. Belarus, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Ukraine all weighed the risk and responsibility of nuclear weapons and made the decision to eliminate their nuclear programs or give up their nuclear weapons.

As the apartheid regime in South Africa ended, the country’s leaders eliminated its nuclear weapons and joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-weapon state. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine willingly gave up the nuclear weaponry that the Soviet collapse bequeathed to their territories. And, over the years, several other countries were willing to abandon clandestine nuclear weapons development efforts when reassured by the United States and others that their relationships with us and the global community enabled them to meet their national security needs without such tools.

The Republic of Kazakhstan is a particularly illustrative example of the wisdom of relinquishing nuclear weapons.

In partnership with the United States, and aided by the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act spearheaded by U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, Kazakhstan opted to remove from its territory former Soviet weapons and related nuclear technologies, and joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-weapons state.

This courageous decision by the leaders of Kazakhstan greatly reduced the prospect of nuclear weapons, components of nuclear weapons, or nuclear materials and dual-use technologies from falling into the wrong hands. Nuclear weapons introduced complexity into relations with other countries, and they introduced the risk of miscalculation, accident, or escalation.

Kazakhstan’s actions represented a key step in that country becoming part of the community of nations. As a result of letting go of nuclear weapons, the world does not look on Kazakhstan as a potential nuclear aggressor or a rogue state. It did not make enemies of its nuclear neighbors, Russia or China.

Today Kazakhstan has overwhelmingly been at peace with its neighbors, and its trade relations are robust. This year, it hosted World Expo 2017, an event in Astana, which showcased the sources of future energy and investment opportunities in Kazakhstan to attendees from around the world. This is a modern nation making a substantial contribution to regional and international peace and prosperity. Kazakhstan has only benefitted from its early decision.

In my previous career, I met President Nazarbayev on many occasions and had the opportunity to ask him about this decision. He is more at peace with his choice than ever. He once remarked to me, “It was the best thing I ever did for our young country.”

Ukraine made a similar courageous choice. Even after Russia’s incursion – incursion into its territory in Crimea and east Ukraine, a violation of Moscow’s commitments under the Budapest Memorandum – Ukraine’s leaders reaffirmed yet again the wisdom of their decision to remove nuclear weapons. Their friends and allies quickly came to their aid in response to this violation of their sovereignty with a strong, unified set of sanctions on Russia and are steadfastly committed to ending this conflict through full implementation of the Minsk accords.

By rejecting the power of nuclear weapons, both of these two proud nations are in a better place than they would have been otherwise. They reduced the danger of nuclear conflict and helped reduce the chances of such capabilities falling into the hands of irresponsible third parties.

As the only nation on Earth to have used nuclear weapons in warfare, the United States bears a heavy responsibility to exercise proper stewardship of nuclear weapons and to lead in working with other nations to reduce global nuclear dangers.

It is a blessing, and perhaps in many ways a miracle, that nuclear weapons have never been used again. All the peoples of the world pray that they will never be. Experience is a hard but wise teacher and has taught everyone the grim moral responsibility that accompanies nuclear weapons.

The United States is reliant upon nuclear deterrence today not only for the purposes of safeguarding our own security interest but also those of our allies who otherwise might feel the need to acquire such weapons themselves. Such deterrence and such relationships have contributed to the absence of war between the great powers since 1945 and indeed to the fact that nuclear weapons themselves have never been used again.

We’re all fortunate that John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, when they stood on the brink of a nuclear holocaust during the Cold War, came to a common understanding of the fearful and awesome power of nuclear weapons. As potential human extinction loomed over the Cuban Missile Crisis, the dominant emotion was fear. Nuclear weapons brought the most powerful men in the world no comfort, but it did make clear the need to minimize the risk of ever repeating this near-miss of a catastrophe by permitting nuclear capabilities to spread further.

Just this week, the world learned of the passing of a little-known but important figure in the history of the Cold War. His name was Stanislav Petrov, and he is sometimes referred to as “the man who saved the world.” In 1983, Petrov was a Soviet military officer on duty at a nuclear early warning center when his computers detected a barrage of incoming American nuclear missiles. He said, “I had all the data to suggest” it was true. He said, “If I had sent my report up the chain of command, nobody would have said a word against it.” He said, “All I had to do was to reach for the phone to raise the direct line to our top commanders, but I couldn’t move. I felt like I was sitting on a frying pan.”

Petrov had a hunch that the computer had made an error, and fortunately he was right about a false alarm. Instead of notifying his commanders to prepare an immediate nuclear counterattack, he instead called army headquarters and reported a system malfunction. This episode illustrates just how high the risk factor is with nuclear weapons, especially when decisions to use them are entrusted or could be entrusted to sometimes unreliable technologies or fallible human judgment. Countries who want nuclear weapons must ask themselves: Am I prepared to deal with this type of scenario in my own country?

The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Soviet early warning malfunction illustrate how challenging it can be even for the most experienced and most sophisticated nuclear possessors to control nuclear dangers.

Rogue regimes fail to appreciate the responsibilities inherent to nuclear weapons. They wish to develop or expand their holdings of nuclear weapons in what they claim to be a search for security, but in fact they desire to use such tools to intimidate and coerce their neighbors and destabilize their regions. Such acquisitions risk creating an escalating spiral of regional or global instability and conflict, not just as a direct result of their own proliferation, but by prompting other nations to undertake their own nuclear weapons programs in response. In such circumstances, nuclear weapons are not instruments of mutual deterrence and strategic stability, but instead are tools of destabilization.

Rogue regimes may have persuaded themselves that they pursue nuclear weapons to establish and enhance their security and prestige, but, in fact, nuclear weapons are more likely to undermine both. There’s a very good reason why almost every country in the world has joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty: All parties can know that they will not in the future face the threat of nuclear catastrophe from any new direction.

If would-be proliferators seek security or to improve their standing in the world or to enhance the prosperity of their citizens and their people’s hope for a brighter future, proliferation will not provide these things. There are much better, proven ways for nations to establish and enhance their standing, such as deepening their trade integration with the rest of the world, adhering to international standards and agreements, and participating in humanitarian activities.

The Korean Peninsula serves as a stark example of these differing paths. While North Korea has shunned the international community and let its people starve while it relentlessly pursues nuclear weapons, South Korea has opted not to pursue nuclear weapons and is fully engaged with the international community. As a result, South Korea has grown into one of the world’s great economic powers, with a GDP over 100 times that of its neighbor to the north.

By contrast, though North Korea may assume that nuclear weapons will ensure the survival of its regime, in truth, nuclear weapons are clearly only leading to greater isolation, ignominy, and deprivation. Continued threats against us – against us, the U.S., and now, the entire global community, will not create safety for the regime, but will rather stiffen our collective resolve and our commitment to deterring North Korean aggression.

North Korea is a case study in why nations must work to preserve and strengthen global nonproliferation norms. As we look to the future, the international community’s record of enforcing compliance with nonproliferation obligations and commitments is not what we need it to be.

It is partly for lack of such accountability that we find ourselves in the situation we are in with North Korea at the moment. Though it joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty in the mid-1980s, North Korea never came into full compliance with the treaty, and cheated on every subsequent arrangement designed to remedy that noncompliance and rein in the nuclear threat it now presents.

There are also lessons here for Iran, which was on its own pathway to develop nuclear weapons – in violation of its Non-Proliferation Treaty and nuclear safeguards obligations and multiple, legally binding UN Security Council resolutions. Iran seems keen to preserve for itself the option to resume such work in the future, even while sponsoring international terrorism, developing missile systems capabilities of delivering nuclear weapons, and destabilizing its neighbors in a dangerous quest of regional hegemony.

The collective responsibilities of meeting such proliferation challenges will require more from all of us. As President Trump said in his speech on Tuesday, “If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations.” As strong, sovereign, and independent nations, we must work together, bilaterally, regionally, and globally, to stem the tide of proliferation. Sovereign states acting in unison will produce a global good.

We especially urge Russia to examine how it can better support global nonproliferation efforts. As the world’s two most powerful nuclear states, Russia and the United States share the greatest responsibility for upholding nonproliferation norms and stopping the further spread of nuclear weapons.

We have cooperated well before: the United States and the Soviet Union worked together closely in drafting most of the text that became the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which helped keep proliferation under control through the Cold War. Washington and Moscow did this, moreover, notwithstanding their own Cold War rivalry and the many problems in their bilateral relationship. In the post-Cold War era, Russia worked hard to improve accountability for its nuclear stockpile dispersed across the former Soviet Union, and we engaged closely in cooperative efforts – through the Nunn-Lugar program – to reduce the risk of weapons or material falling into the hands of proliferators or terrorists.

Unfortunately, in recent years, Russia has often acted in ways that weaken global norms and undercut efforts to hold nations accountable. Examples include violating its own obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, flouting the security assurances it made at the end of the Cold War, impeding efforts to build on the legacy of past international efforts on nuclear security, and seeking to weaken the International Atomic Energy Agency’s independence in investigating clandestine nuclear programs.

If Russia wants to restore its role as a credible actor in resolving the situation with North Korea, it can prove its good intentions by upholding its commitments to established international efforts on nuclear security and arms control.

Cooperation from China is also essential if the international community is to bring North Korean nuclear and missile threats under control and prevent a catastrophe spiraling of instability and conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

If China truly desires to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, to promote stability, and to avoid conflict in that sensitive region, right on its own border, now is the time to work with the rest of us, the rest of the international community, to put the kind of pressure on North Korea that can change its strategic calculation before it’s too late.

And lastly, we must be fully aware that there are non-state actors who will never conform to international norms governing nuclear weapons.

Their grand-scale terror attacks, beheadings, crucifixions, burnings, rapes, torture, acts of enslavement expose ISIS, al-Qaida, and other groups as those who seek to find glory through death and destruction.

Their eagerness to commit atrocity makes clear that, if given the chance, they would commit death and destruction on an even larger scale.  And there is no scale larger than a nuclear attack on one of the world’s cities.

Many jihadist groups aspire to detonate a nuclear device in the heart of a booming metropolis. Their mission is to kill our people and send the world into a downward spiral. We must never allow this.

We must continue to work to secure nuclear technologies, blueprints, and materials at their sources and disrupt proliferation networks.

We must deepen information sharing between intelligence agencies in order to identify actors and identify when nuclear materials have been or may be diverted from legitimate uses.

And we must revive the practice of creating alternative career and job opportunities for nuclear experts, so they do not sell their skills on the black market.

But ultimately, the best means to halt jihadists in their quest for nuclear weapons is to destroy them long before they can reach their goal.

Whether on the battlefield, in the streets, or online, terrorism must be given no quarter.

We must remain ever vigilant against the spread of ISIS and other Islamist groups in new locations, whether in Africa, Asia, Europe, or elsewhere.

One of the great successes of the campaign of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been uprooting ISIS from formerly safe havens in which they could freely mastermind attacks against targets the world over. These efforts must continue.

As a body committed to security, we must treat nuclear proliferation with the seriousness it deserves.

For those of us on the Security Council, counteracting nuclear threats begins with full enforcement of the UN Security Council resolutions all member-states are bound to implement. To make sure all nations are able to play their part, we must continue to work for full and effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540.

But signing treaties and passing resolutions is not enough. Stopping nuclear proliferation also entails exercising other levers of power, whether diplomatic, economic, digital, moral, or, if necessary, military.

Ultimately, we each have a sovereign responsibility to ensure that we keep the world safe from nuclear warfare, the aftermath of which will transgress all borders.

The United States will continue to halt – to work to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We ask all peace-loving nations to join us in this mission.

Thank you.

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57 Responses to Secretary Tillerson Makes The Case for Denuclearization to the U.N. Security Council…

  1. sundance says:

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  2. fedback says:

    Tillerson starts by reminding his colleagues of the terrorist threat in a very clever way
    Two birds with one stone

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  3. Glenn E Stehle says:

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  4. peoplepill says:

    Fantastic! Thanks. Sent it on.

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  5. filia.aurea says:

    I applaud The Secretary of State’s promotion of striving to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. To the best of my knowledge, the following countries have never signed the NPT, India, Israel, Pakistan, and South Sudan. And Rocket Man withdrew from the NPT in 2003. A concerted effort should be made to ensure all countries known to possess nuclear weapons sign the treaty or face UN Sanctions. The rules apply to everyone.

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    • Ogre says:

      Of those four countries, filia, India, Pakistan, and Israel all have nuclear weapons, and the capacity to deliver them, and have been in there for decades.

      India and Pakistan are bitter enemies, and yet have found ways to refrain from using nukes on each other..because the coveted province of Kashmir is useless to them radioactive, I guess…

      That Israel has nukes is perhaps the worst kept secret in the world. They, likewise, have refrained from using those weapons…yet all the Arab powers know of Israel’s project Samson (If Israel goes down, she takes the whole Middle East with her). It’s either a reality, or Israel wears the world’s best poker face in “suggesting” they might have untested and undeclared nukes…which are officially denied, of course.

      South Sudan is so poor, destitute, and war-torn, no one worries about it.

      That leaves Central Asia…Iran, Uzbeckistan, and Tajikistan (all of which surround Afghanistan, and find connectivity to Pakistan)…as the real point of proliferation once North Korea is resolved.

      Place to watch, though…if France, Germany and Britain go Muslim, and join the Muslim family..they become a tinder point. France and Britain have nukes…which would go directly into Muslim hands.

      Nuclear proliferation doesn’t have to be by exporting the technology and expertise, if you can appropriate to one’s advantage a country already possessing them.

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      • David says:

        yes long term the UK and France having nuclear weapons should terrify everyone.

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      • dalethorn says:

        According to the laws of France, Germany, and Britain, and what we see developing there, they are likely to go Muslim eventually. Those who say it won’t happen are counting on something stopping the trend, but they forget that the enemy is already inside the gates and growing.

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        • Maquis says:

          What could have stopped the invasion and subsequent demographic domination of France was Marine LePen’s excellent de-Islamification programme: http://www.marine2017.fr then down to PDF with the appellation: TERRORISME ISLAMISTE : PROTÉGONS LES FRANÇAIS (désole, en français seulement…).

          I have yet to see anyone put forth a comprehensive de-Islamification program for a polity of any size anywhere in this World, even from a civilian. Hers is excellent. A great number of her prescriptions could easily be and should be incorporated into our own laws, including provisions to prevent the prison system from being a recruitment and radicalisation free-for-all.

          France screwed up in missing that chance. Big Time. Every European country being all too quickly digested by the compound enzymes of Bureaucratization and Islamification should adopt every provision there, and more, lest they become nothing more than the disgusting residue that follows the complete extraction of energy and nutrients.

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      • filia.aurea says:

        The U.K. is the biggest problem of all. In many ways, we are still controlled by one square mile inside London.

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  6. Alison says:

    What a week!

    Let’s hear it for White Hats from the trenches of hurricane/earthquake recoveries to the gilded seats at the UN.

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  7. bessie2003 says:

    What a great speech! Setting the standards by which the members of the global community will begin to judge their own actions and the actions of other countries for years to come.

    So nice to have actual leaders willing to step up and lead.

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  8. Minnie says:

    Well done, sir, thank you!

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  9. James says:

    Unfortunately, Sec Tillerson is wrong on point number three: “…acquiring nuclear weapons capability does not provide security, prestige, or other benefits”. I think Kim believes that once he gets nuclear weapons – as opposed to Sadam and Kadafi – he will be golden.

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    • Ziiggii says:

      Kim may, but he does not understand what Peter Parker was told…”With great power comes great responsibility!”

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      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        I loved this T. Rex quote (my emphasis):

        “Experience is a hard but wise teacher and has taught everyone the grim moral responsibility that accompanies nuclear weapons.”

        Not just nuclear weapons – any weapon. It is a grim responsibility to keep and bear weapons – more so if one is peaceful by nature. We must balance between two terrible situations we don’t want – between saying “I wish I had not used the weapon.” and saying “I wish I had had a weapon.”

        If the stories of how Kim Jong Un has used weapons against his own people are true, then he may, indeed, use nuclear weapons irresponsibly. I’m glad that Trump is dealing with him now. Waiting will only make the situation worse. Indeed, protecting Japan and South Korea are a grim responsibility, but the three nuclear superpowers need to step up to it.

        If we fail to restore balance by denuclearization, then the only solution is to restore balance by nuclearization.

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        • dobbsfan says:

          Hi Wolf……yes, your point above reminds me of a saying I once heard……

          “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher……it gives you the TEST first and the lesson afterwards.”

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    • jonhabart says:

      Tillerson was absolutely correct, Rocket Man’s current situation perfectly illustrates his point.

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    • dalethorn says:

      Unfortunately, Kim is a Communist and China is Communist. Americans too easily brush that aside, but poor subsistence nations are easy victims for Communist exploitation.

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  10. thluckyone says:

    Yes, KUDOS for our beloved T-Rex! But I want to know what the FREAK is wrong with those somber-faced do-nuthin’s at the UN. They should be cheering their HEADS off! What’s wrong with them? Rex-Monster should have had 327 offers of steaks and beer from those folks PLUS all the free travel and hosted visits to every nation present that he and his family can stand!

    Hey, people! This man is part of the team that is SAVING THE WORLD – get it? Put your blessed $500 dollar U N coats on the FLOOR for him to walk on! Let every word that comes out of your mouth amount to “THANK YOU, Sec TILLERSON!!” and “We luv ya’ man!”

    I wanna hear some SHOUTIN’ goin on at the UN! I wanna hear endless choruses of HALLELUJAH! and PRAISE THE LORD! and AMEN!

    Maybe they just need to come and party with TCTH and the Treepers! “LIVE – LIVE – LIVE! From down-town metropolitan FLORIDA, it’s SUNDANCE AND THE DEPLORABLES!” Get your U-N BOOGEY- BOOTY SHAKIN’, ya’ll, coz you SHO NUFF got somethin’ to be celebratin’!

    We could show ’em somethin’, right? And the first one of ’em that breaks a smile gets a GREAT BIG hug and a MAGA hat.

    Yeah, put those nukes away it’s THANKSGIVIN’ time!

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    • G. Combs says:

      What is wrong?? That is easy:

      “At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
      “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said…. democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China is the best model.
      http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/021015-738779-climate-change-scare-tool-to-destroy-capitalism.htm#ixzz3vZ5WdpUr

      As Ted Turner, founder of CNN and the UN Foundation bluntly put it during an interview with Audubon magazine.
      “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” – Source: The book You Don’t Say, by Fred Gielow, 1999, page 189.

      Pascal Lamy former World Trade Organization Director-General indicates that an European Union like super state has been the goal since the 1930s.

      Pascal Lamy: Whither Globalization?

      In the same way, climate change negotiations are not just about the global environment but global economics as well — the way that technology, costs and growth are to be distributed and shared…
      Can we balance the need for a sustainable planet with the need to provide billions with decent living standards? Can we do that without questioning radically the Western way of life? …

      Countries claim the right to use national resources as they see fit. But the byproduct can be greenhouse gases or disappearing fish stocks or raw material shortages — which impact the interconnected world we share….

      This raises a final challenge: How to provide global leadership? Mobilizing collective purpose is more difficult when we no longer face one common enemy, but thousands of complex problems
      The reality is that, so far, we have largely failed to articulate a clear and compelling vision of why a new global order matters — and where the world should be headed….

      All had lived through the chaos of the 1930s …including the defeated powers, agreed that the road to peace lay with building a new international order — and an approach to international relations that questioned the Westphalian, sacrosanct principle of sovereignty — rooted in freedom, openness, prosperity and interdependence.

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      • dalethorn says:

        The key factor that those globalists are missing is the leadership supported by the people. Many countries have appointed or elected leaders who for one reason or another have failed to deliver the right things to their people. We have had the rare, almost unbelievable opportunity to have a leader who strikes right at the heart of our problems here, and we can see clearly from the pushback how far downhill we’ve gone, when most of that pushback from politicians and the media is a result of the lazy, greedy, incompetent, and even criminal scum who’ve been leaching off of or stealing from the taxpayers all these years. Capitalism needs some restraints and laws, but it’s the ONLY economic model that can grow a healthy society.

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        • thluckyone says:

          Dalethorn, I hope you’re a teacher somewhere – besides the excellent teaching you do on this blog. “Capitalism needs some restraints and laws, but it’s the ONLY economic model that can grow a healthy society.”

          We agree. AND, if there were not “capitalism” already, we would have to invent it, a.s.a.p., for the sake of the future of the human race.

          Capitalism is imperfect? Yes – of course. Is capitalism the best available economic system yet devised by humanity (to my knowlege)? Without a doubt.

          THANK YOU! Teach on!

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      • thluckyone says:

        Bless you for this, G. Combs. This really does help put it into perspective. Here I am – ecstatic that we’re so blessed, so fortunate and so determined to share our blessing with others – and those pitiful wretches are wetting their pants because they can’t (yet?) control us.

        I’ll wager that you can guess whether or not I’m crying out to God my thanksgiving that Donald J. Trump is our President…. and Hillary Clinton is not….

        THANK YOU for being here!

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  11. fleporeblog says:

    TREX was absolutely fantastic! I really enjoyed that story about the Russian that decided to call in a computer glitch versus calling his superiors. I didn’t even know about that story. TREX did a fantastic job of highlighting those countries that have given up their nuclear ambitions. The Elephant 🐘 in the room had to be Libya 🇱🇾. What Barry and especially HRC did to that man will assure that they burn in hell for all of eternity.

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    • Maquis says:

      Our weak defense of Ukraine, promised American security when it agreed to relinquish its Russian nukes, isn’t helping our cause either. Another nasty genie let out of the bottle by the feckless Obama regime.

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  12. andyocoregon says:

    One has to wonder if Rocket Man loves his extended family. He’d better change his nuclear ambitions and threatening behavior if he does.

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  13. Ziiggii says:

    Ukraine made a similar courageous choice. Even after Russia’s incursion – incursion into its territory in Crimea and east Ukraine, a violation of Moscow’s commitments under the Budapest Memorandum…

    Nice jab at Russia on the Crimea issue!

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  14. Ziiggii says:

    BTW – the Administration has played this entire Nork issue beautifully! Especially this week while being at the UN. T-Rex speech is a great capstone to a week of forceful rhetoric and gentle nudging towards non-military intervention.

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  15. Wow. An impressive week at the UN for the POTUS and his team. I can’t ever recall such a dominant presence by the USA and the United Nations. There is a new Sheriff in town. And I like it.

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  16. A2 says:

    I read somewhere on this board (so many posts to read) and then lost track, a treeper asked about Petrov. What is interesting is he died almost five months ago and I suspect the information was surprised. The Guardian (and now many other newspapers) are publishing obits.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/the-guardian-view-on-stanislav-petrov-an-unsung-hero

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  17. The Boss says:

    You think the USA might just have owned the UNGA this year?

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  18. b4im2old says:

    Wow! What an amazing day/week to show literally the world, why and how under the duly elected leadership of our glorious lion, and his exceptional VP and cabinet, we WILL MAGA!!! And should they choose to accept the invitations to join the “club” that celebrates strong, independent, sovereign nations who honor and respect borders, put and protect the interests and cultures of their citizens and countries first; and work with each other where our mutual interests meet, they, too, can experience increased stability, safety, and prosperity for themselves and their future generations… NONE of which can be achieved under the false song and ultimate slavery of globalization, socialism, or communism!

    Praise and thank the Lord for His divine intervention and divine appointment of our glorious PDJT, “for such a time as this”! PDJT is not “perfect” but the Lord is known to use imperfect vessels to achieve His plan, so the world can clearly see the source of the power and glory!!!

    God bless America!!!!!

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    • thluckyone says:

      Yes, AMEN! Our Lord IS worthy of Praise for ALL that He does! And, b4im2old, I’m coming around to the thinking that says I can NEVER deserve this incredible blessing, of this astonishing leadership – but I can SURELY put some legs on my thanksgiving by doing all I can to uplift the fallen, to clothe the naked, to feed the hungry and to declare the “Good News!” to the poor. You encourage me! THANK YOU for being here!

      Praise the Lord and MAGA!!!

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  19. Kent says:

    An outstanding speech by Secretary Tillerson.

    Throughout 2016 and the Presidential election battles I felt a higher level of trust for Vladimir Putin than for Barack Hussein Obama….and I still do.

    That said…if President Putin were to ask my opinion of the world situation I would urge him to hold a steady, cooperative hand in his leadership of Russia in its interactions with the world community…he, of all people…knows how disruptive and exasperating dealing with those who wish to destroy can and will be…and so very much progress has been made per Russia which often goes unstated and unacknowledged in common observational meditations…….

    Russia has suffered a long and excruciating history…I believe he can help lead it ‘into the light’ and that peace, prosperity and humble world citizenship is long overdue the Russian people and that those things come not as acquiescence to demands or desire for rewards but as the natural result of quiet labor and effort to help make the world a safer and better place for future generations….not only for nations but for all of us as individuals

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  20. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Never forget Otto Warmbier.

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  21. Bouchart says:

    Denuclearization is a great idea for everyone else to do.

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  22. Sam says:

    Great speech. So naturally Kin Jong Un says he’s going to detonate a nuke in the Pacific. The Red Dragon had better roar its loudest at him sooner rather than later.

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  23. anthohmy says:

    Who is the woman behind him and what pains her so?

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  24. jbrickley says:

    He skipped over India and Pakistan. I still remember the Indian Ambassador or was it the Prime Minister saying at the U.N. that they would give up their nukes right after they bombed the hell out of Pakistan! They were in open conflict at the time.

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  25. Rino Hunters United! says:

    Will this be like when the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances – where UKRAINE agreed to give up their USSR nukes for security ‘assurances’ from broth Russia and the USA… only to have said assurances fully abused?

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  26. guitar107 says:

    It’s so nice to see our POTUS, T-Rex, Nikki Haley and others speak the UNFILTERED TRUTH.
    No more PC or walking on egg shells. No more apology tours.
    Refreshing!

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  27. Sunshine says:

    KAZAKSTAN: This is a model Muslim nation; if anything, the only one. They know the dangers of Islamism and it’s ZERO tolerance. Very stringent rules to preserve secularism.

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