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SYRIA: The Chemical Weapon Time Warp, US Ambassador to UN “We Must Sanction Assad”

Nikki Haley

Daniel McAdams
Ron Paul Institute

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump’s Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, “humanitarian bomber” Samantha Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley’s ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years. 

In the latest “Haley Alert,” the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.

Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump’s sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.

President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. …My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.”

His employee, the US Ambassador to the UN, clearly does not share her boss’s “opposite view” on Syria. And she is not afraid to contradict her boss’s position on a regular basis. Today the US Mission to the UN released Ambassador Haley’s remarks condemning the threatened Russian veto of new sanctions against Syria, and her comments do not in any way suggest a diplomat remotely well-informed about the complex matters at hand:

“I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime. Now you’ve got the results that have come out, and people don’t like what the results are. It is ridiculous. How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime? People have died by being suffocated to death. That’s barbaric.

So what we’re going to do is – we were given all these reasons on why we shouldn’t propose the resolution. We were given all these reasons on why the timing was wrong. That is exactly why the timing is right. That is exactly why this resolution needs to happen. Whether people are going to veto it or not, you are either for chemical weapons or you’re against it. People died because of this, and the United States isn’t going to be quiet. Thank you.”

Let’s unpack this head-scratcher of a statement. First off, “we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime.” So she is stating that there must be an investigation to prove what she has pre-determined to be true before the investigation took place? Does that sound like “innocent until proven guilty”? Or does it sound like Hoxha-era revolutionary justice? “We must have a trial to prove comrade X guilty so we can execute him!

And this from Haley: “How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?”

Ms. Ambassador: Do you mean the regime that just liberated Aleppo from its murderous occupation by al-Qaeda? You know, those guys who attacked the US on 9/11?

If Assad is using chemical weapons against his own people (Why? Presumably for fun?) then why once Aleppo was cleansed of the al-Qaeda occupiers have former residents flocked to return to an Aleppo under Assad’s control? Do they enjoy being gassed?

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is an absolute train wreck. She embodies the worst traits of her predecessors with a much lower level of understanding of foreign affairs or diplomacy. Will President Trump recognize his mistake in appointing her to represent the US at the UN and replace her with someone who will actually carry out his foreign policy? Or was he simply lying when he said he had an “opposite view” from the conventional Washington wisdom on Syria (and Russia as well)?

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  • Bill Rood

    Great critique of Nikki Haley by one of the best journalists of the 21st Century. Edit: That was assuming Vanessa wrote this article. Looking back, I’m confused as to who the actual author is, Vanessa or Daniel McAdams reposted here by Vanessa?

    However, respecting Trump himself, let’s wait to see what he actually does in foreign policy. So far, it’s been mostly talk except for the Yemen raid, which was planned by the prior administration. There have been multiple reports that the flow of arms to terrorists has lessened. Meanwhile, the SAA makes gains, is close to blocking Turkey from any advance on Raqqa, restoring stability at Deir Ez-Zor and preparing to storm Palmyra. As long as there’s talk and plans to appease the deep state, but no actual action on the ground, I’m not going to freak out.

  • LeseMajeste

    Trump is just an Obama in white-face, if you will. He’s a charlatan, playing to the crowd of marks, distracting them by tossing out easy sound-bites while his minions pick their pockets.

    One doesn’t make and lose four fortunes, then make several billion more w/o being in bed with the Wall Street gangsters that are running and ruining the USA for their own ends.

  • AMHants

    If the idiot bothered to learn her subject, rather than rely on the notes of Samantha Power and a brief with McCain, then she would be aware that President Assad handed over his chemical weapons and they were signed off by the UN. In other words there is an official record of the fact. She could also check to see who controls the only chemical weapons factory left in Syria and might be surprised it is her Al Qaeda, or whatever they are called today, friends. Then she could also bother reading Seymour Hersh and ‘The Red Line and the Rat Line’, to find exactly who was responsible for the previous chemical weapons. I wonder if the French can give her a list of suppliers? No doubt, she also ignored Benghazi and what happened there.