OH, she is equal parts grit and refinement, that can only
mean she’s a true southern belle.
The “she” in question would be former South Carolina governor and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Following the announcement by President Trump several weeks
ago that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (something that every president has acknowledged since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, but have never done publicly), the proverbial ca-ca has hit the fan, with Israel-hating factions in this country and abroad screeching over the end of substantive
The reality is that Trump made a public display out of something that was already U.S. policy, simply because he likes basking in the syrupy praise of the low information crowds. He knows he could announce that he has decided to separate the day from night by placing the sun and moon in the sky, and somebody in a red ball cap is going cheer him for it.
The fact that he made a public announcement of something
that was already U.S. policy to get the praise, but slipped out of the spotlight to sign the waiver that would allow us to put off moving the embassy – AGAIN – went unnoticed by the same people cheering him for this great, monumental move.
But I digress. My point is, Trump is not the hero, here.
Ambassador Haley is.
Nikki Haley is a rock star in Trump’s Cabinet, and for good
Her reaction to those balking at Trump’s announcement on the
floor of the United Nations has shown her to have a spine of steel.
When news came that Arab Nations were pushing a vote on the
floor of the UN General Assembly to condemn the U.S.’ Jerusalem announcement, Haley gave a stern warning: We’re watching, and we’re taking names.
"The United States will remember this day in which it
was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," she said. "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember when so many countries
come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."
That’s right. The United States pays the grand bulk of keeping
up a corrupt organization that, more often than not, works against our best interests, or that of our allies.
The vote went through, with 128 nations voting against the
U.S. It was a toothless vote, but it does have implications, politically, mainly due to decreased influence.
However, the U.S. did not stand entirely alone. Eight
nations were a “no” vote, along with the U.S. Those nations were Honduras, Israel, Guatemala, Marshall Islands, Togo, Palau, Micronesia, and Nauru.
Another 35 nations abstained from the vote, including nations such as Canada, Poland, Australia, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, Paraguay, Romania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Czech Republic, just to name a few.
Haley, backed by comments from President Trump, warned that
a cut to U.S. aid those nations voting against us could be on the table, and it should be.
So after the vote, what does our ambassador do?
Well, like a proper southern lady, she extends an invitation to a reception for those who either voted with us, abstained, or refused to cast a vote, of course.
Good for her.
We are long overdue for someone willing to stand up to the
den of crooks and hoodlums that infest the U.N. Haley’s firm voice is a welcome addition to the nation’s political landscape.