It’s been a banner week for the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. She’s been spitting pure fire since Monday when the UN took up a sham resolution condemning America’s decision to formally place our embassy in Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel.
Given the pervasive anti-Semitism of the United Nations, the move was hardly a surprise. This is, after all, what that body of third-world dictatorships and Islamic despots has become known for in recent years.
Who could forget the parade of tyrants the UN featured for their 70th anniversary just a couple years ago: Putin (Russia), Jingping (China), Castro (Cuba), Rouhani (Iran), as well as the oppressive bullies of Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan, Qatar, and Ethiopia. No one could possibly be surprised to see such an ignoble institution that boasts more anti-democratic regimes than freedom loving countries rally behind an anti-American resolution introduced by notorious human rights abusing Yemen.
What was surprising – for Americans and for the world – was to see the United States actually stand up for itself. For decades, the United States has continued funding an absurd percentage of the entire UN budget. In 2015 for example, the U.S. paid nearly $3 billion to the UN, which accounted for more than 185 other countries combined.
Yet during that same time we have willfully submitted to the corruption that surrounded us, ceding moral high ground when it shouldn’t be ceded, and sacrificing leadership authority when it shouldn’t have been sacrificed. And we have watched as the same countries that slap us across the face with one hand, extend the other one outward towards us asking for financial aid.
No vote in the United Nations is going to make any difference on that. But this vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N. and how we look at countries that disrespect us at the U.N. And this vote will be remembered.
The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.
There’s your queen, America. And she’s slaying. What Beyoncé can only sing about, Nikki Haley actually does.
Still, there’s a difference between talking tough and being tough. Haley has accomplished the former. But the world – even our allies – have been conditioned to not expect America to follow through on our bluster. That might explain why despite Haley’s warnings, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Japan, and Turkey all voted to condemn us.
Haley said she’d be taking names; Trump has said, “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot.” They’ve voted against us, and Nikki published their names.
Let the savings begin.