Nikki Haley is a neocon hardliner, a geopolitical know-nothing, the most unqualified ever US UN envoy, an embarrassment to what diplomacy is supposed to be all about.
Supporting US aggression in multiple theaters, she uses the world body as a platform for demonizing Washington’s enemies, threatening and otherwise maligning them.
Her rants consistently feature hate-mongering disinformation – notably against Syria, Iran, Russia, and North Korea before Trump’s mid-June summit with Kim Jong-un.
Her appointment in January 2017 surprised: A GOP South Carolina governor with no foreign policy experience, critical of Trump during the campaign.
She was one of 15 Republican governors, expressing opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Trump said she’d “be a great leader representing us on the world stage.” She’s been polar opposite.
Her one-sided support for Israel was a likely key reason for her appointment. As South Carolina governor, the state was first in the nation to prohibit public agencies from working with companies supporting BDS activism.
Her ideological extremism is way over the top. Straightaway as UN envoy, she provocatively said
“(y)ou’re going to see a change in the way we do business,” adding:
“Our goal with the administration is to show value at the UN, and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure our allies have our back as well.”
“For those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names. We will make points to respond to that accordingly.”
Trump said Haley told him months ago she planned to leave after serving two years in her post, her successor to be named in two or three weeks, he added.
She denied having 2020 presidential aspirations, ludicrously claiming since Trump took office,
“the United States is respected.”
“Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do. They know that if we say we’re going to do something, we follow it through” – at the expense of world peace, equity and justice for all everywhere, she failed to explain.
Haley served as Washington’s 29th UN ambassador. She and John Bolton were clearly the most embarrassing choices for the position, using “diplomacy” as a political weapon against US enemies.
Bolton resurfaced as Trump’s national security advisor. So will Haley one day in a new capacity most likely – perhaps as a presidential aspirant in 2020 or 2024.
The prospect should terrify everyone!
A Final Comment
Commenting on Haley’s resignation, the NYT said she’ll “be missed,” adding:
“(S)he proved a practitioner of multilateral diplomacy…exit(ing) with her dignity largely intact.”
“(A) replacement in her mold may be the best to hope for from Mr. Trump.”
On geopolitical issues mattering most, including US and other Western officials in charge of them, the newspaper of record consistently supports what demands condemnation – notably anything related to Washington’s imperial agenda.
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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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