Former CIA Officer: Scarier Than Bolton, Think Haley For President

Authored by Philip Giraldi via ConsortiumNews.com,

Nikki Haley is America’s face to the international community. She is the Ugly American personified, thinking that American Exceptionalism gives her license to say and do whatever she wants at the United Nations...

The musical chairs playing out among the senior officials that make up the President Donald Trump White House team would be amusing to watch but for the genuine damage that it is doing to the United States. The lack of any coherence in policy means that the State Department now has diplomats that do not believe in diplomacy and environment agency heads that do not believe in protecting the environment. It also means that well-funded and disciplined lobbies and pressure groups are having a field day, befuddling ignorant administrators with their “fact sheets” and successfully promoting policies that benefit no one but themselves.

In the Trumpean world of all-the-time-stupid, there is, however, one individual who stands out for her complete inability to perceive anything beyond threats of unrelenting violence combined with adherence to policies that have already proven to be catastrophic. That person is our own Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who surfaced in the news lately after she unilaterally and evidently prematurely announced sanctions on Russia. When the White House suggested that she might have been “confused” she responded that “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” This ignited a firestorm among the Trump haters, lauding Haley as a strong and self-confident woman for standing up to the White House male bullies while also suggesting that the hapless Administration had not bothered to inform one of its senior diplomats of a policy change. It also produced a flurry of Haley for higher office tweets based on what was described as her “brilliant riposte” to the president.

One over-the-top bit of effusion from a former Haley aide even suggested that her “deft rebuttal” emphasizes her qualities, enthusing that “What distinguishes her from the star-struck sycophants in the White House is that she understands the intersection of strong leadership and public service, where great things happen” and placing her on what is being promoted as the short list of future presidential candidates.

For sure, neocon barking dog Bill Kristol has for years been promoting Haley for president, a sign that something is up as he was previously the one who “discovered” Sarah Palin. Indeed, the similarities between the two women are readily observable. Neither is very cerebral or much given to make any attempt to understand an adversary’s point of view; both are reflexively aggressive and dismissive when dealing with foreigners and domestic critics; both are passionately anti-Russian and pro-Israeli. And Kristol is not alone in his advocacy. Haley regularly receives praise from Senators like South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and from the Murdoch media as well as in the opinion pages of National Review and The Weekly Standard.

 She’s Locked and Loaded

The greater problem right now is that Nikki Haley is America’s face to the international community, even more than the Secretary of State. She has used her bully pulpit to do just that, i.e. bully, and she is ugly America personified, having apparently decided that something called American Exceptionalism gives her license to say and do whatever she wants at the United Nations. In her mind, the United States can do what it wants globally because it has a God-given right to do so, a viewpoint that doesn’t go down well with many countries that believe that they have a legal and moral right to be left alone and remain exempt from America’s all too frequent military interventions.

Haley: Locked and Loaded (UN Poto)

Nikki Haley sees things differently, however. During her 15 months at the United Nations she has been instrumental in cutting funding for programs that she disapproves of and has repeatedly threatened military action against countries that disagree with U.S. policies. Most recently, in the wake of the U.S. cruise missile attack against Syria, she announced that the action was potentially only the first step. She declared that Washington was “locked and loaded,” prepared to exercise more lethal military options if Syria and its Russian and Iranian supporters did not cease and desist from the use of chemical weapons. Ironically, the cruise missile attack was carried out even though the White House had no clue as to what had actually happened and it now turns out that the entire story, spread by the terrorist groups in Syria and their mouthpieces, has begun to unravel. Will Nikki Haley apologize? I would suspect that if she doesn’t do confusion she doesn’t do apologies either.

Haley, who had no foreign policy experience of any kind prior to assuming office, relies on a gaggle of neoconservative foreign-policy “experts” to help shape her public utterances, which are often not cleared with the State Department, where she is at least nominally employed. Her speechwriter is Jessica Gavora, who is the wife of the leading neoconservative journalist Jonah Goldberg. Unfortunately, being a neocon mouthpiece makes her particularly dangerous as she is holding a position where she can do bad things. She has been shooting from the lip since she assumed office with only minimal vetting by the Trump Administration, and, as in the recent imbroglio over her “confusion,” it is never quite clear whether she is speaking for herself or for the White House.

She Has Her Own Foreign Policy

Haley has her own foreign policy. She has declared that Russia “is not, will not be our friend” and has lately described the Russians as having their hands covered with the blood of Syrian children. From the start of her time at the U.N., Haley has made it clear that she is neoconservatism personified and she has done nothing since to change that impression. In December 2017 she warned the U.N. that she was “taking names” and threatened retaliation against any country that was so “disrespectful” as to dare to vote against Washington’s disastrous recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which she also helped to bring about.

As governor of South Carolina, Haley first became identified as an unquestioning supporter of Israel through her signing of a bill punishing supporters of the nonviolent pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the first legislation of its kind on a state level. Immediately upon taking office at the United Nations she complained that “nowhere has the U.N.’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel” and vowed that the “days of Israel bashing are over.” On a recent visit to Israel, she was feted and honored by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She was also greeted by rounds of applause and cheering when she spoke at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in March, saying “When I come to AIPAC I am with friends.”

Nikki Haley’s embrace of Israeli points of view is unrelenting and serves no American interest. If she were a recruited agent of influence for the Israeli Mossad she could not be more cooperative than she apparently is voluntarily. In February 2017, she blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to a diplomatic position at the United Nations because he is a Palestinian. In a congressional hearing she was asked about the decision: “Is it this administration’s position that support for Israel and support for the appointment of a well-qualified individual of Palestinian nationality to an appointment at the U.N. are mutually exclusive?” Haley responded yes, that the administration is “supporting Israel” by blocking every Palestinian.

She’s Decided She Wants Regime Change

Haley is particularly highly critical of both Syria and Iran, reflecting the Israeli bias. She has repeatedly said that regime change in Damascus is a Trump administration priority, even when the White House was saying something different. She has elaborated on an Administration warning that it had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime” by tweeting “…further attacks will be blamed on Assad but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.” At one point, Haley warned “We need to see Russia choose to side with the civilized world over an Assad government that brutally terrorizes its own people.”

At various U.N. meetings, though Haley has repeatedly and uncritically complained of institutional bias towards Israel, she has never addressed the issue that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians might in part be responsible for the criticism leveled against it. Her description of Israel as a “close ally” is hyperbolic and she tends to be oblivious to actual American interests in the region when Israel is involved. She has never challenged the Israeli occupation of the West Bank as well as the recent large expansion of settlements, which are at least nominally opposed by the State Department and White House. Nor has she spoken up about the more recent shooting of three thousand unarmed Gazan demonstrators by Israeli Army sharpshooters, which is a war crime.

Haley’s hardline on Syria reflects the Israeli bias, and her consistent hostility to Russia is a neoconservative position. A White House warning that it had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime led to a Haley elaboration in a tweet that “…further attacks will be blamed on Assad but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people.” Earlier, on April 12, 2017 after Russia blocked a draft U.N. resolution intended to condemn the alleged Khan Shaykhun chemical attack, which subsequently turned out to be a false flag, Haley said, “We need to see Russia choose to side with the civilized world over an Assad government that brutally terrorizes its own people.”

Bolton: Not as badas Nikki.

Haley is particularly critical of Iran, which she sees as the instigator of much of the unrest in the Middle East, again reflecting the Israeli and neocon viewpoints. She claimed on April 20, 2017 during her first session as president of the U.N. Security Council, that Iran and Hezbollah had “conducted terrorist acts” for decades within the Middle East, ignoring the more serious terrorism support engaged in by U.S. regional allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar. She stated in June 2017 that the Security Council’s praise of the Iran Nuclear Agreement honored a state that has engaged in “illicit missile launches,” “support for terrorist groups,” and “arms smuggling,” while “stok[ing] regional conflicts and mak[ing] them harder to solve.” All are perspectives that might easily be challenged.

So, Nikki Haley very much comes across as the neoconservatives’ dream ambassador to the United Nations–full of aggression, a staunch supporter of Israel, and assertive of Washington’s preemptive right to set standards for the rest of the world. And there is every reason to believe that she would nurture the same views if she were to become the neocon dream president. Bearing the flag for American Exceptionalism does not necessarily make her very good for the rest of us, who will have to bear the burdens and risks implicit in her imperial hubris, but, as the neoconservatives never feel compelled to admit that they were wrong, one suspects that Haley’s assertion that she does not do confusion is only the beginning if she succeeds in her apparent quest for the highest office in the land. Worse than John Bolton? Absolutely.

Comments

kralizec Took Red Pill Mon, 04/30/2018 - 08:24 Permalink

Y'all have to stop drinking out of the toilet...

Philip Giraldi?  Council for the National Interest?

Fucking seriously?

Bunch of Left-of-Center Establishment cunts who holds hands with that front group for Satan's Mohammadans at CAIR!

Anybody agreeing with anything these shitheads say is either a moron or just a twit responding to a Pavlovian bell!

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Harry Lightning Pandelis Mon, 04/30/2018 - 00:20 Permalink

Someone should ask this clown author if he'd like some cheese with his whine.

The UN is irrelevant to US international policy, and useless to the rest of the world. It needs a new headquarters building, one that is shaped to look like a toilet bowl. What goes on their is meaningless, and for the author to make such broad conclusions abouit the US position in the world based on what is said in that forum serves only to display his own ignorance as to how both diplomacy and foreign policy works. 

Not for nothing, in terms of the theatre value of the activities of the UN, Haley provides an interesting voice to the cast. After eight years of apologizing, the US at the UN under Trump and through Haley has re-found its aggressive voice of anti-totalitarianism that has characterized its best days of global leadership. Drama works only if there is tension in the air, and Haley makes the UN fun to watch once again. Now all we need is Putin to re-enact his predecessor's banging of the shoe at the Russian desk for the show to have a chance at an Emmy.

 

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Klassenfeind BabaLooey Mon, 04/30/2018 - 05:31 Permalink

"Are you trying to be funny? Don't you realize that you are building the worst totalitarianism right now in the US? And much worse is on its way..."

The Trumptards are convinced that "this time, it's different."

A president that hires a CIA guy (Pompeo) to be foreign minister? A president that promotes a torturing bitch (Haspel) to be head of the CIA? A president that hires a warmonger (Bolton) on his National Security Council? A president that has endorsed 'waterboarding,' and has said that Snowden is a traitor who should be sentenced? A president that wants to build an Iron Curtain/Berlin Wall at the border of Mexico?

Of course it's different this time! "Draining the swamp!" Hahaha! (/sarc)

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Harry Lightning Klassenfeind Mon, 04/30/2018 - 07:58 Permalink

You are too hung up on the waterboarding thing. Maybe you should lay off the Zero Dark Thirty movie for a while. It was used maybe half a dozen times on the worst of the worst terrorists who were known to know information essential for stopping planned attacks. And as can be seen from the success of governments in significantly reducing the number and extent of terrorist activities since, it seems that just the fear of being waterboarded is a potent weapon in gaining information necessary to keep civilian populations out of harm.

The border wall is anything but an Iron Curtain/Berlin Wall, and you as a European and perhaps a German should know better. The Soviets and their puppet buffer States used the Iron Curtain/Berlin Wall to curtail all emigration out of the Eastern Bloc. The border wall that Trump wants to build is to keep people from immigrating into the US without following existing US immigration law that has been in force for decades. 

Countries have the right to restrict who enters their borders, and history shows a terrible outcome for those countries who failed to meet this objective. Have you ever heard of the Roman Empire ? Good place to start learning about what happens when the barbarians crash through the gates. The purpose of such immigration laws is to prevent the have-nots from taking what is owned by the haves, which is necessary because of the fundamental aspect of human nature that leads people to want things of value that they do not have. United States law permits the immigration into its country each year of more people than any other country allows across its borders, and it does not restrict the rights of people to leave the country whenever they want as long as they are not under criminal sentence. 

Accordingly, your comparison of a US border wall to the border policies of the Soviet bloc are puerile and un-informed. The truth is exactly the opposite. The US promotes freedom of travel both in and out of its country, with reasonable governance., The Soviets ran a jail that took away all rights of people within its borders to travel freely. 

I agree with you on Snowden, I think he should be looked upon in the US as a patriot rather than a criminal. Because of his work and his courage, along with others who have shone light on the illicit if not criminal activities of a government that spied on its own people with no respect for its laws prohibiting such, the American people have the knowledge they need to decide whether this is the kind of security apparatus they want from their government. 

Your views on Pompeo and Haspel are based on your cursory knowledge of their respective backgrounds. I have addressed the waterboarding issue above, its really a non-issue. Haspel is a significantly experienced and talented spy, which is why she now heads the US spy agency. You may object to the mission and purpose of the CIA, but to say that someone who has excelled within the organization should not lead it is foolish. Pompeo is a serious player in the international arena with a wealth of experience and knowledge. And he is a good manager. First in his class at the US Military Academy, law degree from Harvard, substantive experience in overseeing the Intelligence agencies of the US government while in Congress, this man is truly one of the best and brightest in American government. He is a natural fit for several Cabinet-level positions, from Defense to Intel to Diplomacy. Americans have long viewed diplomacy as a cousin of Defense and Intel, from the time their President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed that his idea of diplomacy was to speak softly and carry a big stick. History has since proven him correct, which is why over 100 million people who used to be subjected to the will of dictators and totalitarians now have the ability to determine who will govern them and how they will be governed.  

The jury remains out on Bolton. He has a history of being an aggressive advocate of American dominance in terms of the nation protecting its own vital interests. I think the concern about his approach to the Russians is troubling, but let's also remember that it was a war hawk named Richard Nixon that opened the door to peace between the US and China, and also the Strategic Arms limitation treaties with the Soviets. The world seems to respect leaders who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in while in service to their country, so I would not write off Bolton's prospects just yet.

Now that you have a more intellectually honest view of the American government than you had prior to reading what I have written herein, perhaps you might actually do some real work and become learned with respect to these topics. Be cautioned that as can be seen from what he has already done on the international stage in just a year and a few months, you would be wise not to underestimate the global vision and deal-making abilities of the American President. He is unconventional to be sure, and his bombastic nature subtracts from the willingness of his global audience to consider the content of what he has to say. But as can be seen in the dramatic turn-around in the Korean situation, this man knows how to bring the pieces together to make good deals for all involved. The last time a US President was so thoroughly underestimated by European observers, he went on to end the Cold War and bring democracy to a third to a half of Europe. Trump may equal if not better that once he frees himself of the shackles that his political adversaries failed to secure around his willingness to work with the Russians to create more peaceful solutions to the world's most vexing problems.

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Harry Lightning Patrick_UK Mon, 04/30/2018 - 08:11 Permalink

Please expand on how you think the US is building totalitarianism within its borders ? From what I have seen of Trump, he is simply advocating adherence to existing US laws passed by the country's legislature and approved by its President. If you are talking about the domestic spying that Snowden exposed, I will agree that such activity is unlawful and historically the hallmark of dictators and totalitarian governments. But there is a very big leap between collecting data and using the data to punish people for their political points of view. Yes, there is a deep state that is seeking to overturn the results of the election of 2016, but they are far from achieving their objective and as every day passes without them moving the ball forward, opposition to them grows and the American people come closer to picking up the pitchforks and torches to actually remove these people from their positions. Its a process that takes time, because it took a long time for these characters to get to the positions they are now and implement their diabolical schemes. 

But regardless of all that, the author of this article seeks to assign some importance to what goes on at the UN, for if their work was important then Haley would be a detriment to their work. That;s his premise. I disagree, not because of anything having to do with Haley, but because I think its quite clear that teh UN has been a monumental waste of time with respect to solving international disputes, They should focus on their commendable humanitarian efforts which lessen the impact of a lot of terrible events throughout the world. But at the same time they should stay out of diplomacy because they have proven themselves to be shockingly impotent at that game. 

Regarding Haley specifically, she is at least an interesting character who brings some refreshing histrionics to the charade at the UN. For that alone she should remain in her present role, as she cannot do any harm but can make for entertaining theatre. 

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Mark777 Pandelis Mon, 04/30/2018 - 00:31 Permalink

I first recall her from her 2016 Response to the State of the Union address by then-President Obama.  She was very poised and statesman-like, it was apparent that she has a future ahead of her.  If there is to be a female VP or even president, she's likely to be the one.  She's everything that Hillary Clinton isn't.  This article clearly was written by someone who is not a Republican.

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs…

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LaugherNYC Mark777 Mon, 04/30/2018 - 01:15 Permalink

This article was clearly written bu yet another Russian payroll troll.

Anyone from the West who stands up and calls out the butcher Assad, or the bare chested kleptocrat as they kill their tens of thousands for their hegemon in the ME is a “neocon warmonger.”

And yet, who is it who follows the same pattern - support and arm the tyrant, then come to his “support” against “terrorists”  as thousands of innocents get slaughtered. The Russian STRONGMAN. The former KGB killer who is now, what, a Russian poet and man of peace?

Ask what would happen if Russia stopped arming the enemies of Israel and the butchers of the Middle East? Peace would reign, borders would be respected, moderates would take rule. Instead he arms the most extreme and corrupt regimes, as he seeks global dominance through subjugation and expropriation. If Russia turned inward, both it and the world would benefit. 

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Dilluminati LaugherNYC Mon, 04/30/2018 - 06:30 Permalink

Agree a laughable article at that.. what a cunt.  It isn't even a well thought out article and writing second rate stuff as this meaningless crap or yet again: "another conspiracy theory" ostensibly always against mother Russia.. is absurd.  The kremlin bit farm and Putin apologists have fallen below laughable and the US public is tuning them out.. and for good reason, the arguments and rationals are becoming laughable in their 2nd rate logic and lies.

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MozartIII Keyser Sun, 04/29/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

Samantha Powers was worse! Why do they keep putting women in the top position, to create endless war? Always in the UN position of the loud mouth, that gets the most coverage in media! Must be an accident..... (Was a Black Mouth Piece for a Time) More war for Amerika is good, it feeds Boeing, Raytheon and more blood lust corporations. Amerika people pay for blood lust corporations, then their sons can die for corporations and for Amerika oil companies, mostly, US based ones. Don't fall for all the propaganda, if our corporations and government can shift the blame to others, they do, this is basic Psychological operations! Most people fall for this, and make the meme their mantra, or belief system to help them to justify their world/local belief system.

Think I am Lying? Who really owns the corporations that push the buttons? The biggest corporations now push the bankers & own the media! Not the puppets at the helm, the puppets get the blame. Tell the Chinese, that have finished their one road railway to Europe, who runs shit. Ask Boeing/Raytheon who their biggest potential long term contracts are with.

War has and is running the game, no matter who the player is. I pray that this may end soon. It's a very sick game!

Things are changing all the time. Internet sleuths with definitive answers, seldom have the real ones...

MozartIII

 

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land_of_the_few MozartIII Mon, 04/30/2018 - 06:49 Permalink

"Vogue-cover" politics, all physical appearance and minimal comprehensible substance or meaning. A degeneration of thought, knowledge of history and culture.

A triumph of dentistry over morals.

What's a bit worrisome is this new tendency to hire Asian women some of whom may just have a massive chip.on their shoulder about Arabs. For example Priti Patel in the UK seems to be a possibility. Unless it's the generous salmon sandwich allocation and flights to posh hotels and spas ....

That's no better than hiring "Albright" (Korbelova) who appeared to have an inherited genetic tendency to want to kill Serbs!

Don't they have any actual diplomats anymore, did they close down the schools in the West for that?

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Taint Boil J S Bach Sun, 04/29/2018 - 23:45 Permalink

When I read “news” articles from both the left and right and I go down to the comment section almost 95% don’t believe any of the “chemical attack” bullshit in Syria or the UK ... not sure how long this can go on. I just don’t get it ... are they that stupid [doubt it] ... do they know something I don’t know .... please tell us. Iran? They haven’t attacked another country in like couple of hundred years ... Russia? They have [2] military bases outside their country. USA? They have [800] ....

I can’t take it anymore .... I want to leave but every place else is worse - we're the cleanest shirt in the dirty laundry basket. TV has been off for 10 years .. maybe time to cut the internet and move to the UP [upper peninsula].

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besnook Taint Boil Mon, 04/30/2018 - 00:22 Permalink

you hit the nail on the head. even the crowd at brietbart is mostly anti israel. the stories they are telling aren't working so are they just stupid or are they trying to create a false public record of the evil shit they are doing. you don't matter, anymore except as an unwitting crisis actor.

i'm thinking japan. at least they will be civilized about it if the tsunami behavior is an indicator. there are still some woods near the sea for relatively cheap.

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