Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nikki Haley Stands Up for America

Nikki Haley continues to impress. Yesterday she addressed the United Nations General Assembly regarding a resolution calling for the United States to end its economic embargo of Cuba. Last year, the Obama administration, in solidarity with the Revolution, abstained. Just as it abstained in the Security Council when that august body chose to condemn Israel.

McClatchey has the story:

Ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the United Nations Wednesday in a defiant speech to the 193-member General Assembly before it adopted a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba.

Haley called the long-standing debate “political theater.”

“Let’s be honest about what we really see going on here,” Haley said. “This assembly does not have the power to end the U.S. embargo. It is based in U.S. law, which only the United States Congress can change.”

The United States voted Wednesday against the U.N. resolution condemning the American trade embargo against Cuba after abstaining last year, during the administration of Barack Obama, for the first time in 25 years.

Whose side is America now on? It’s on the side of the Cuban people. It wants them to be freed from the yoke of Communist dictatorship:

Haley said the United States is opposing the resolution in solidarity with the Cuban people “and in the hope that they will one day be free to choose their own destiny.”

“Each year, this Assembly’s time is wasted considering this resolution,” Haley told the assembly. “And the United States is subjected to all manner of ridiculous claims – anything to deflect attention from the regime that is actually responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people.”

Consider that our daily dose of moral clarity. Haley pointed out that America had changed political course:

She also said she wanted to clear up any questions about why the United States would change its vote on the same resolution just a year later. She acknowledged some will not understand how the United States “could passively accept this resolution last year and energetically oppose it this year.”

“To those who are confused as to where the United States stands, let me be clear: as is their right under our Constitution, the American people have spoken,” Haley said. “They have chosen a new president, and he has chosen a new ambassador to the United Nations.”

Every time Haley delivers a speech one anxiously awaits the day when she will take over for the hapless Rex Tillerson in the State Department.


trigger warning said...

In my opinion, Nikki Haley is the best UN Ambassador since Jeane Kirkpatrick.

"We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace."
--- J Kirkpatrick

sestamibi said...

. . . and succeeds Donald Trump as president.

Sam L. said...

ses, I think Pence is in front of her, but she could be a good candidate.

Ares Olympus said...

Next spring will be the 60th anniversary of our embargo against Cuba. What's going to change by adding another 60 years to this experiment?

How does that fake Einstein quote go?... "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

Certainly the UN has no force other than moral argument, and we know moral argument usually encourages stubborn people to double down rather than reconsider.

Anyway, certainly Haley is temperamentally the exact opposite to Trump. The Republicans are certainly lucky to have her.

If she can keep herself mostly above our intemperate president, she may indeed be on a path to the first woman president of the United States.

Maybe Pence will promote her to VP when he is promoted to president in 2018 after Trump's resignation? But he just has to be careful to not be in the same room alone with her.

Anonymous said...


What’s going to change if we keep the embargo going for another 60 years? Why not? It’s a despotic Marxist regime.

The U.N. is a moral force? What a joke.

What’s Trump going to resign over in 2018? Russia? The Russia investigation that started with a fictional dossier paid for by the DNC and investigated by Comey’s clown posse?

Keep commenting, Einstein

Ares Olympus said...

Anonymous said... What’s going to change if we keep the embargo going for another 60 years? Why not? It’s a despotic Marxist regime.

How many countries have stopped being "despotic Marxist regime" by our embargos? The Soviet Union and its subsidies disappeared 26 years ago, and Cuba remains. Clearly the best way to keep a Marxist government is to keep it isolated. We're just making it easier for them.

As to Trump, obviously it is the Republicans who have the power to depose their mad king who make their brand look bad every single day. So we have impeachment which is long and ugly, or 25th amendment, section 4, which is quick and decisive. Surely it's being considered right now in some inner circles at least as a last resort, but still dangerous, and Democrats might refuse to cooperate when their reward is theocratic king Pence.

So resignation is the easier way out, maybe if the GOP promises to put Trump's face on Mt Rushmore or something. South Dakota might agree.

Sam L. said...

Ares, the Cubans have been living in the '50s under Communism for 60 years. Have they improved themselves? Seems like not.

trigger warning said...

AO: "Certainly the UN has no force other than moral argument..."

Oh, I dunno... UN "Peacekeepers" are pretty goood at rape:

Sam L. said...

U.N. and "moral argument"? Say WHAT??