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Haley’s Embarrassing Defense of the Gaza Massacre

Nikki Haley’s response to yesterday’s massacre in Gaza is to engage in whataboutism:

The Trump administration’s Iran obsession would almost be comical if it didn’t have such a dangerous distorting effect on our foreign policy. Iran’s actions in the region were not the subject of the meeting where Haley said this, and talking incessantly about Iran to avoid addressing the issue at hand has become a typical maneuver for Haley whenever U.S. clients commit some outrage that she would rather ignore. Whether she is busy whitewashing Saudi coalition crimes in Yemen or running interference for Israel after it massacres over 60 people, Haley’s m.o. is to change the subject.

Haley also risibly claimed [4] that Israel was acting with restraint yesterday:

“No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has. In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained,” she said.

The ambassador’s claim is absurd on its face, and it is an insult to the dozens of democratic states around the world that do not behave this way. Haley also ignores that there are no other states in the world that keep millions of people trapped in a blockaded enclave as Israel does with the inhabitants of Gaza. Not only would the vast majority of democratic governments not act as Israel’s government has acted over the last few weeks, but none would have any need to confront massive protests from a population that has been deliberately starved and impoverished for more than a decade. The excessively violent response to the Gaza protests calls attention to the cruel policy of collective punishment imposed on all of the people living in Gaza, and there is no excuse for either of them.

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#1 Comment By balconesfault On May 15, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

Meanwhile … is Kim playing Trump like a fiddle?

Toss out the lure of Trump getting a Nobel Prize … then start changing the conditions before the summit ever occurs.

Know thy enemy. Kim knows his.

#2 Comment By Miguel On May 15, 2018 @ 8:44 pm

Palestinian terrorism must end. But is only of the many things that must end in the Holy Land, and many of them are done by the Modern State of Israel, which is not better than the palestinians.

#3 Comment By Youknowho On May 15, 2018 @ 9:30 pm


With all that talk of the Nobel Prize, the US let Kim know how desperatte the US is for this summit.

So, now the conditions appear.

The great dealmaker could not remember a cardinal rule in negotiations never let them know how much you want something.

#4 Comment By over and out On May 16, 2018 @ 3:55 am

There’s been enough meddling. Get us out of there and let the Israelis and their apparently endless list of enemies make peace or kill each other off.

Keep us out of it. We have no role to play in this disgusting mess.

#5 Comment By Reasons On May 16, 2018 @ 4:29 am

Haley was an embarrassment long before she turfed up as Trump’s mouthpiece at the UN. But Trump chose well. Very few real Americans would permit themselves to say this kind of degrading crap in public.

#6 Comment By Whine Merchant On May 16, 2018 @ 5:53 am

{Not so} funny how all those deficit hawks / small government / USA-should get-out-of-foreign-wars types on both sides of the aisle have no qualms about big taxpayer dollars and US troops being squandered on keeping Israel from having to fight its own battles.

Congress funds Israel who returns some of the cash to AIPAC that contributes it to the campaign funds of the same politicians who voted the the money for Israel. Nice little racket unless you are a taxpayer.

The GOP has full control of all branches of government at the moment, so when will they actually follow-through on any promises? Oh yeah – right after they “repeal & replace” the Affordable Care Act.

#7 Comment By Dan Green On May 16, 2018 @ 10:27 am

I don’t envy Niki. Truth be known were on Israels side. W always would say Israel has a right to protect themselves, and then he would move on. Obama couldn’t stand Bi Bi , now Donnie says have at it.

#8 Comment By Tancred On May 16, 2018 @ 10:41 am

The GOP is totally in thrall to Israel and under a Republican president the United States cannot be expected to play “fair dealer” in the Middle East. The Democrats are barely any better but at least Obama was able to get the Iran deal.

#9 Comment By KXB On May 16, 2018 @ 10:59 am

This coming June 5 will mark 50 years since the assassination of Robert Kennedy. Most people can name who shot JFK (Oswald), but, most average Americans can probably not name who shot RFK (Sirhan Sirhan) or why? Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, was enraged that Kennedy, a man he admired, promised to send more US jets to Israel, so soon after Israel seized the West Bank and Gaza.

So, our unnecessary involvement in this dispute cost another Kennedy his life – yet, it’s not discussed. Probably cause it would raise uncomfortable questions that going to bat for Israel was a burden on the US from the very beginning.

Jump to 1973, when Nixon airlifted weapons to Israel, and the Arabs implemented an oil embargo – punishing US drivers for Us gov’t support to a country with which we have no treaty.

1982 – 300 US Marines trying to act as peacemakers in the Israel-made mess Lebanon get killed, and the US runs with its tail between its legs.

It would be nice to have an example of where the US people (not its bought politicians) actually benefited from the US-Israel relationship.

#10 Comment By WorkingClass On May 16, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

Omni-directional belligerence and untruthfulness characterize Imperial Washington. Nikki Haley therefore, ignorant and hateful, is the perfect representative.

#11 Comment By John Dirlik On May 17, 2018 @ 7:20 am

Contrary to much of the corporate media in America that effectively plays the role of stenographer to Tel-Aviv, there are some brave journalists in Israel. One of them is journalist Amira Hass, who wrote in Haaretz May 16:

“What is cowardice if not the decision to kill masses of unarmed detainees who are demonstrating against their prolonged imprisonment?

In the Gaza strip, the border fence separates the brave from the cowardly…those with armed with empty hands , kites and burning tires from military power and its soldiers. It separates detainees serving a life sentence from its wardens.”

As for Nikki Haley, she is no different from president Trump’s other Mideast advisors: callous, opportunist and shameless.

#12 Comment By mrscracker On May 17, 2018 @ 10:41 am

Dan Green says:

“I don’t envy Niki. Truth be known were on Israels side.’
I don’t envy her either.
I’m on Israel’s side generally too, but I’m not against the Palestinians. I am against Hamas.

#13 Comment By Going My Way On May 17, 2018 @ 11:06 am

The role of oil in ME tensions – The oil companies were paying small extraction fees. Fees are a function of information. What the buyer and seller believe are their values in exchange. The so-called oil embargo caused worldwide markets to increase. The sellers realized (new and relevant information) they were undervaluing their non-renewable oil assets. They increased extraction prices. Nixon’s crazy hydrocarbon market system (fixed pricing for gasoline) in the U.S. exacerbated the situation.

Did oil have anything to do with the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Probably not. Dictators eat drink and are merry. Saddam probably would have discounted oil sales, especially to the US to stop us invading. I doubt he put a high probability (if any) on meeting enticing virgins in the hereafter? Why did we invade? I leave that to more sage historians such as Patrick Buchanan (Whose war? [2003 TAC])

#14 Comment By remus reconsidered On May 17, 2018 @ 11:09 am

“I’m on Israel’s side generally too, but I’m not against the Palestinians. I am against Hamas.”

I’m not on either of those sides, and practically no one I know is either. We’re just plain old Americans, and most of us want Trump or somebody to get us out of the Middle East. The quicker the better.

Regarding Haley, like most of Trump’s people, she seems cheap, phony, not really American, verging on creepy.