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Haley and the Trump Administration’s Contempt for Diplomacy

Our ambassador to the U.N. doesn’t understand anything about diplomacy:

Haley’s remarks are consistent with the Trump administration’s hopeless North Korea policy. She is insisting that North Korea do something it has said it will never do, and she says that it will have to do this before the U.S. begins to “take seriously” any negotiations North Korea enters into. Setting preconditions for talks is bad enough, but here Haley is setting absurd, deal-breaking preconditions that even she has to know will never be accepted.

There is no more obvious non-starter than demanding that the other side surrender before negotiations even begin. By dismissing all talks that precede denuclearization, Haley is restating the administration’s complete refusal to compromise and its utter contempt for diplomacy as a tool of statecraft. It is an exceptionally obtuse and unreasonable position to take when there is an opportunity to open negotiations with Pyongyang, and I expect that our regional allies will be as baffled as they are disturbed by it.

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#1 Comment By Christian Chuba On January 2, 2018 @ 4:08 pm

This is standard operating procedure as far as the U.S. goes.
1. 2008 – U.S. insists that Iran has to dismantle their entire nuclear infrastructure as a precondition of ‘negotiations’. HRC cackles that the additional sanctions she put in place ‘brought Iran back to the negotiating table’. Obama, to his credit, accepts Iran’s original claim to their right to enrich uranium to produce their own fuel but the myth that sanctions brought ‘them’ to the negotiating table lives on.

2. The U.S. torpedoes Geneva peace plan in 2012 (Obama’s bad moment) by making it a requirement that Assad (and his cronies) have to resign and be barred from new elections in Syria. End result, civil war continues for another 5yrs, Saudi backed rebels are still demanding that Assad has to step down even after getting whipped on the battlefield.

So as bad as Nikki Haley is, sadly, she is not uncommon but rather she is the pinnacle of what passes in the U.S. for diplomacy.

#2 Comment By Dee On January 2, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

Certainly she is looking down the road, when she knows she will need the moneyed interests of those groups who support using the American military to further their goals.. She has the cover of being the thug without the responsibility of using force..

Like most everyone still involved with trump at this point, they are trying to maximize whatever window they have to benefit themselves..

After citizens united they just might get away with it, but they have no feelings of responsibility to our country, IMO..

#3 Comment By Just Dropping By On January 2, 2018 @ 4:28 pm

I know I’m a broken record on this, but is there really no one left in the realm of American foreign policy who understands the saying, “Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way”?

#4 Comment By Lane Reeder On January 2, 2018 @ 4:55 pm

Maybe South Korea will take its rightful place and carry out its own policy toward North Korea. Then the Trump administration will get angry and threaten to pull out all of our troops. South Korea will be courageous and continue its own policy. Then our troops will leave. The best result for South Korea and North Korea. And best for us, since we will no longer be wasting time and money there, as well as placing our troops in danger for no valid purpose.

#5 Comment By Lefty On January 2, 2018 @ 5:02 pm

Trump and Haley don’t give a damn about our allies. All they care about are the yahoos whooping it up whenever they bully anyone else.

#6 Comment By john On January 2, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

What Chuba said, this appalling “diplomacy” isn’t unique to the Trump regime

#7 Comment By SteveM On January 3, 2018 @ 8:30 am

Re: Dee, “Certainly [Haley] is looking down the road…”

I have to sort of disagree with that. Haley is a genuine empty suit. She can’t see past her nose. Haley is merely a wind-up doll mouthing the cant of the Neocon war-mongers.

That Trump or Tillerson have done nothing to reign her in indicates just how bankrupt U.S. foreign policy actually is.

Haley and the militarists are dangerously clueless. 2018 will see the acceleration of the emasculation of the American Hegemon as the rest of the planet is pulled by economic gravity to China which is focused on productive investment and trade rather than to the U.S. model of selling weapons and issuing death threats as the key axioms of foreign policy.

The real danger is that China/Russia led Eurasia/Africa/South America economic activity is being reflexively labeled a “threat to national security” by the Pentagon and the DC Elites who are already prescribing the usual over the top military bellicosity as the response. With the attendant off loading of the cost onto the backs of the deluded taxpayers. I.e., too much “defending our freedoms” is never enough.

Make no mistake, as “the long war” (AKA GWOT) is attenuated, it will be replaced by an even longer war of U.S. militarism against a massive Eurasian “enemy” created out of the whole cloth in Washington. Because when you have (only) a War Machine hammer, everything else is a nail that must be ceaselessly threatened and if necessary obliterated.

P.S. I can’t believe how easily the Neocons have played Trump’s base of the scrambling middle class for chumps using the channels of fear-mongering and military worship.

#8 Comment By Jay C On January 3, 2018 @ 12:36 pm

I think Lefty has it pretty much right, above: “diplomacy” – and foreign policy/international relations in general – in the Trump Administration has little or nothing to do with – y’know, actual international relations, but is mainly designed to put forward a “tough” front for his (ever-dwindling) base, and the sycophant media who keep reassuring said base that Trump is a “tough” President for standing up to all those dirty foreigners who think they’re as good as “Real Americans”
That little or nothing (nothing positive, anyway) will be accomplished by this approach is virtually irrelevant to an Administration whose main priority is pleasing Fox Nation: so as to keep their uncritical adulation flowing.

#9 Comment By Taras 77 On January 4, 2018 @ 12:05 am

Steve M: I very much agree with your comment.

With Haley, nothing new here with respect to US interpretation of “diplomacy.”

Unfortunately, with Haley, we do not have the benefit of any form of diplomacy, she is merely a wind-up puppet spouting Adelson’s et al neo con babble

#10 Comment By Bungalow Bill On January 5, 2018 @ 8:49 am

Trump has completed his transition into neocon status. I am reminded how carelessly George Dubya Bush brought North Korea into blame for 9/11 with his Axis of Evil speech noting they, like Iraq, had nothing to do with it. If I was observing the US level Iraq after that speech, you can bet I would be doing everything possible to protect my own country to ensure the US think twice before attacking my country if I were on the other side. Most of you would too. It’s the same argument most of you make when defending the Second Amendment.

#11 Comment By Hexexis On January 5, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

“the pinnacle of what passes in the U.S. for diplomacy.”

Or, more accurately, the nadir … & getting nadirer.

As for Frau Clinton, false alarms about her accomplishments & errors in judgment continue to fill the resume she would’ve never otherwise had.

#12 Comment By Mia On January 5, 2018 @ 8:02 pm

“I know I’m a broken record on this, but is there really no one left in the realm of American foreign policy who understands the saying, “Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way”?”

Wasn’t there also something about catching more flies with honey than vinegar, too?