This week President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Obama/Kerry nuclear agreement with Iran.
It was, like most Trump foreign-policy speeches, brief, direct and common-sensible, putting America’s security and interests first. He pulled no punches, calling the original deal “a great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens of the United States.”
Trump made a concise, compelling case for dumping the agreement. But he added one potent paragraph at the end of his speech that was even more significant:
Finally, I want to deliver a message to the long-suffering people of Iran: The people of America stand with you. It has now been almost 40 years since this dictatorship seized power and took a proud nation hostage. Most of Iran’s 80 million citizens have sadly never known an Iran that prospered in peace with its neighbors and commanded the admiration of the world. But the future of Iran belongs to its people. They are the rightful heirs to a rich culture and an ancient land and they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams, honor to their history, and glory to their god.
We now have a president who understands the human value of self-determination that Americans share. He gets it. And as his presidency evolves, more people around the world will get it, too.
Despite the “resistance” of his short-sighted adversaries, Trump will make his mark of freedom around the world, without spilling American blood and wasting our hard-earned wealth. Eventually Iran’s people will overrule their despotic leaders and rejoin the free and modern community of nations. North Korea will follow suit. Venezuela will not be far behind, and recent cultural progress in Saudi Arabia holds promise for the defeat of Muslim extremism and the expansion of personal freedoms across the Middle East.
We Americans have often assumed that our success is a direct result of our unique form of government. No doubt, to this point the design and execution of our democratic republic has been a major contributor to our growth and prosperity. But the details and nuances of how our government works is secondary to the single, underpinning belief that we hold most dear – above all else we Americans treasure our personal freedoms.
President Trump’s work toward eliminating the nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea is much more than a military exercise. The people of these nations, and others, may soon realize that our president is helping them gain their freedom.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
But you can’t keep no chains on me.