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Haley’s Poor Record at the U.N.

Harry Kazianis reviews [1] Nikki Haley’s record as ambassador to the U.N. and finds it very lacking:

That was my problem with the ambassador. Not that she did a bad job, not that she was a terrible representative of our nation’s interests, but simply that she lacked of the experience and natural abilities needed in such a role. Spitting back Trumpian rhetoric is not enough to be credible on the world’s stage.

Kazianis is right that Haley was ill-prepared for the job, and I would add that she made a habit of making false claims [2], unreasonable demands, and unnecessary threats [3]. Whether she was threatening [4] military action over missile tests, telling lies about the nuclear deal with Iran [5], or warning [6] that the U.S. would be “taking names” of the states that didn’t fall in line, Haley proved herself to be a poor diplomat and an ineffective representative of the United States. Her time at the U.N. was marked by unwarranted, cruel actions to punish [7] the Palestinian civilian population, a disgraceful defense [8] of the massacre of protesters in Gaza, and a misguided decision to withdraw [9] from the Human Rights Council. While the world’s worst humanitarian crisis intensified in Yemen with U.S. support for the Saudi coalition, Haley was too busy trying to distract everyone’s attention by shouting about Iran.

Haley didn’t have a good grasp of substance, and instead relied on talking points to a fault. Kazianis quotes a Republican consultant’s view of the ambassador:

“Haley was a great spokesperson for the administration; in fact, she was great at parroting whatever lines Trump wanted her to deliver,” the consultant continued. “But for anyone who has ever interacted with her, one thing became very clear. The second she left the land of talking points, any time she was asked to discuss any issue in any depth, it was apparent there was nothing there. And that is not what we need as ambassador at the UN.”

It is a sign of how little many of her fellow hawks care about substantive knowledge that several of them greeted news of her resignation with dismay. Max Boot described [10] her resignation as a “sad moment,” and Bill Kristol began fantasizing [11] about a primary challenge to Trump that will never happen. When these are the people touting Haley’s record, it is a safe bet that the U.S. will be better off being represented by someone else at the U.N.

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9 Comments To "Haley’s Poor Record at the U.N."

#1 Comment By Mark B. On October 10, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

Well, at least the gathered world in the UN never bursted out in hilarious laughter when she spoke.

So she’s not that bad compared to mr. President.

#2 Comment By Thaomas On October 10, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

A diplomat is a person sent to lie on behalf of their country. Maybe Haley just got tired of doing it.

#3 Comment By Thaomas On October 10, 2018 @ 1:23 pm

Is it really better to have a better case made for basically bad policies?

#4 Comment By Mark B. On October 10, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

@ Thaomes

What do you propose? No more diplomacy between nations?

Politicians lie. Diplomats are also supposed to explain why their own politicians lie to diplomats of the other party. Then they must hear and understand why the other paty is lying. And brief their bosses-politicians on that. While often coming up with some form of compromis. Hoping that sanity will prevail in the end.

People who make a better case for bad policies still are inclined to better listen to the contra-arguments. Their brains are focused on arguments better.

How do you propose we shape political communication between nations otherwise? Just be nice and friendly, like in ‘peace man’?

BTW: If you think that’s why Haley quit, you are in for a surprise.

#5 Comment By b. On October 10, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

“When these are the people touting Haley’s record, it is a safe bet that the U.S. will be better off being represented by someone else at the U.N.”

Sara Palin? She can see 2022 from here house, too.

#6 Comment By b. On October 10, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

Haley was just another Cargo Cult politician.

Following Reagan and Trump, the only reason we don’t see actual actors hired for candidacies and campaigns is because the best Judas Goat for any election rodeo is one that believes its own BS.

#7 Comment By Blimbax On October 10, 2018 @ 4:26 pm

Thaomos says, “A diplomat is a person sent to lie on behalf of their country. Maybe Haley just got tired of doing it.”

Haley lied a lot, but maybe half the time at least probably had no idea she was lying. Don’t give her too much credit. Remember “Binomo.”

#8 Comment By Minnesota Mary On October 10, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

Let’s face it. Trump did not have an army of qualified people to fill government and administration posts. He had to fill positions from the Neocon pool of bureaucrats. Nikki Haley is a mind-numbed robot, drunk on Neocon Kool-Aid and Premillenial Dispensationalism. Really sad that Trump picked her for the UN slot. Even sadder is he will replace her with someone just as bad, but more clever at disguising a rotten foreign policy.

#9 Comment By General Manager On October 14, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

Let the comedy show continue – appoint Jared Kushner and get him an easel to emulate his mentor Bibi Netanyahu. A little more hilarity won’t hurt the U.N. He won’t be representing the majority of Americans just the all-powerful neocons. They are ones that seem to be directing much of our foreign policy.