Friday, March 31, 2017

No more silly lines in the sand

Nikki Haley is a competent conservative whose appointment as UN ambassador shows President Trump is a savvy assessor of talent. He seems to give her free rein.

Haley warned the hacks at the UN not to mess with Israel. The UN diplomats remind me of Penelope's suitors hanging around Ithaca, while Odysseus was out fighting the Trojan War. Two thousand years later, boys still cheer at the tale of Odysseus slaughtering the suitors.


Her message to Turtle Bay: Odysseus is back. He's defeated the Cyclops, and is now taking on the suitors.

Of course the antisemitic suitor Barack Obama made sure a month before he slinked out of the White House that he would not veto one of those antisemitic, anti-Israel resolutions the UN keeps passing.

So that became another spot of doo-doo this administration must clean up.

Ambassador Haley told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week:
If you challenge us, be prepared for what you’re challenging us for, because we will respond. The next thing we did was we said, “The days of Israel-bashing are over.” We have a lot of things to talk about. There are a lot of threats to peace and security. But you’re not going to take our No. 1 democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them. And I think what you’re seeing is they’re all backing up a little bit. The Israel-bashing is not as loud. They didn’t know exactly what I meant outside of giving the speech, so we showed them.
But the bigger  mess is Obama's illegal and unconstitutional wars, such as his overthrowing of the Gadhafy regime.

Europe has taken about a million refugees from Libya because of Obama's decision to kill, kill, and kill some more.

Then Obama drew a line in the sand of Syria, demanding that Bashar al-Assad hold a "free election" -- which is Marxist talk for electing a Marxist. As Obama's behavior following November's free election of President Trump shows, Marxists hate elections that actually are free.

Anyway, al-Assad told Obama to get bent. Obama backed down, but armed rebels who turned out to be the Islamic State.

Hoo boy, what a mess.

But Haley told reporters the new administration is cleaning it up.

From Reuters:
The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from the Obama administration's initial and public stance on Assad's fate.
The view of the Trump administration is also at odds with European powers, who insist Assad must step down.
"You pick and choose your battles and when we're looking at this, it's about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out," U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told a small group of reporters.
"Do we think he's a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No," she said. "What we are going to focus on is putting the pressure in there so that we can start to make a change in Syria."
Some may call it Trumpism.

I call it normal. The al-Assad family has run Syria since Nixon was president. The al-Assad family is a pack of murderous thugs who are smart enough to stay within the confines of their own borders. Until such time as al-Assad crosses his border, the most the U.S. can do is impose economic sanctions.

Sad, but there is only so much we can do.

Grown-ups are in charge of our foreign policy again.

I am glad.



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11 comments:

  1. Don, you seem to be missing at least a few words in the middle of this paragraph:

    Then Obama drew a line in the sand of Syria, demanding that Bashar al-Assad hold a "free election" -- which is Marxist talk for electing a Marxist. As Obama's behavior following the November

    Anyway, al-Assad told him to get bent. Obama backed down, but armed rebels who turned out to be the Islamic State.

    -Fred

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    1. Thank. Fixed:
      "Then Obama drew a line in the sand of Syria, demanding that Bashar al-Assad hold a "free election" -- which is Marxist talk for electing a Marxist. As Obama's behavior following November's free election of President Trump shows, Marxists hate elections that actually are free."

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    2. ¡Mucho mas major! Me likee!
      -Fred

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  2. As long as the fighting is confined to Syria I suggest leaving them to their own devices. We should only respond if we are injured or directly threatened. The Muslims have been killing each other for over a thousand years. Who are we to stop their fratricide? - Elric

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  3. Wave bye-bye to Obama's ideas and the UN's, too. New sheriff in town.

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  4. I'm glad she appeared at AIPAC. Not sure that Obummer ever did. Bet the boys in Tel Aviv are breathing easier again. Good job, Nikki.

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  5. Some problems don't have solutions. Just because this guy is bad doesn't mean the other guy is better. All too frequently the other guy is worse.

    For decades our policy was to keep the bad actors contained to limit the harm they could cause. Obama opened the cages and let the monsters run free.

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    1. Evidence being the Shah of Iran s the ayatollahs. The great policy triumph of Carter, now only the second worst president ever, managing to orchestrate the overthrow of the Shah.

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  6. "As Obama's behavior following November's free election of President Trump shows, [Democrats] hate elections that actually are free."

    FIFY, Don. You're welcome.

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  7. Well according to "Wet Start" McQueeg and his
    Girlfriend Miss Lindsey (fanning herself on
    the fainting couch.) We have made a "Faustian Bargain" with Assad/Putin .. What aboutthe MoBros and the So-called Syrian Moderates? AlQuedists and Daesh all..
    Of course "stangelove" McQueeg wants nuclear war with Russia...
    TG McCoy

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  8. One gets the impression that any line in sand of Nikki's is actually a det-cord.

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