The President Speaks

President Donald Trump
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A few minutes ago President Trump addressed the nation about the Iran situation. He spoke from the “Grand Foyer” of the White House.

“As long as I am president,” he said, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon. He added: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned.”

Surrounded by his national security team – the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Vice President – the President delivered a message of strength and resolve. He offered Iran a way out – and said that he would keep the sanctions – the “maximum pressure” campaign – imposed unless and until Iran changed its behavior.

Now it is quite apparent that the President is offering Iran an off-ramp, a chance for deescalation…

He also took note of a very notable fact: the United States is, for the first time in its history, energy independent. The entire history of American involvement in the Middle East has always involved dependence on Arab oil. No more. With the Trump administration energy policy of encouraging oil production and fracking for natural gas, the country is finally free from that dangerous entanglement that always involved oil in the Middle East.

The President pointed out that Iran has been a seriously bad actor in the Middle East since 1979 when they attacked the American embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for over a year. From that time until today – some 40 years – Iran has spent its time waging campaigns of violence and destruction on its neighbors. At long last, Trump made clear, this behavior will no longer be tolerated.
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The President called on the member countries of NATO, plus China and Russia, to step up to the plate and help in getting Iran to stop its destructive behavior.

His message: this was an opportunity for de-escalation, to get Iran off the road to war it has been on for four decades. It was also a re-confirmation of his campaign pledge not to lead the United States into yet another “endless war.”

This comes after a US drone attack took out Iran’s terrorist leader, General Qassem Soleimani. The President spoke today from the same Grand Foyer where President Barack Obama addressed the nation in 2011 after the Navy Seal raid Obama had ordered had successfully taken out Osama bin Laden. After Obama made his announcement, Republicans – the entire nation – rallied to Obama and applauded him for taking out the man who was responsible for the mass murder of Americans on September 11, 2001.

Yet today, Democrats and the media sound no different than the radical Iranian ayatollahs. Soleimani, who, like bin Laden, was a  mass murderer of Americans,
had praise lavished on him by the media, with Democrats saying in essence that, well, yes, he was a bad guy but the President should have consulted with them,
the President should not have done this, the President is bringing on a war. Yada, yada yada.

Now it is quite apparent that the President is offering Iran an off-ramp, a chance for deescalation.

Bottom line? This is exactly why Donald Trump was elected in the first place. To bring change – serious, massive change to the Swamp and its business as usual ways.

As this speech indicated, that change is underway.