July 6, 2017 by Antonius Aquinus
It must now be a prerequisite of those who become an American ambassador to the UN to possess certain characteristics and traits, the most important of which are rabid warmonger, child killer, and outright liar.
Remember it was Madeleine Albright when asked about the US blockading Iraq which prevented medicine and medical equipment from entering the country that resulted in the estimated death of a half a million children who coldly responded: “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.” Then there is Colin “Weapons of Mass Destruction” Powell who told a bald-face lie about Iraq’s nuclear capabilities which paved the way for the US destruction of the country.
In her brief tenure as UN ambassador, Nikki Haley is fulfilling these requirements quite nicely. Her latest crazed outburst came on the heels of the bizarre White House press release about another supposed Syrian government gas attack which warned President Assad that he would “pay a heavy price” if carried out.*
While the State and Defense Departments were apparently caught off guard by the White House action, Ambassador Haley was not (probably given advanced notice) and issued an even more provocative tweet:
Any further attacks done to the people
of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but
also on Russia & Iran who support him
killing his own people.**
Not only has Haley appointed herself judge, jury and executioner of the Assad regime, but her wild accusation includes reprisals to the neocons’ ultimate targets of Russia and Iran. Her ridiculous statement has now given Syria’s enemies the green light to conduct another gas attack which will be blamed on Assad and his allies, Russia and Iran. Nice work, Nikki!
From a diplomatic perspective, the entire affair was bungled and amateurish, confirming once again that the Trump Administration is out of its league in conducting foreign policy.
That Haley was even chosen to become part of the Trump Administration has been odd from the beginning, but as things have unfolded quite telling. Haley was a vociferous critic of the future president. She, and the likes of another war-monger and Russophobe, Lindsey Graham, were consistently attacking candidate Trump for being “soft” on Russia and his immigration stance especially his wildly popular border wall proposal. To Haley and Graham, Donald Trump was out of step with the Republican Party’s values such as diversity as represented by Haley who, herself, is of Indian heritage.
Yet, despite all of the vitriol heaped at candidate Trump, the newly elected president, in a surprising and ominous move, decided to make the South Carolina governor, UN ambassador. This, and a number of other selections to foreign policy posts, signaled that President Trump would abandon his promises and vote-garnering campaign talk of peaceful coexistence with Russia, a reduction of US presence in the Middle East, and in other hot spots across the globe.
While Haley has been an ardent warmonger from the start, President Trump did not have to select her for the post. There were other more competent and surely less belligerent candidates available. More than likely, the choice was probably a nod to his “advisor” daughter Ivanka, to curry favor among feminists.
While President Trump’s pick of Haley was an implicit betrayal of a large segment of his base, his foreign policy actions since becoming chief executive have been an explicit rejection of putting America first which he spoke of at his inaugural. From escalating tensions with puny North Korea, dropping the mother-of-all-bombs on Afghanistan for no apparent reason, to making multi-billion dollar armament deals with the despots of Saudi Arabia among other troubling endeavors, Trump’s foreign policy is little different than his infamous predecessors.
While it looks like President Trump may have won the war, at least temporary, over the press and the anti-Trump Congressional forces about the fake Russian election involvement, he and his bellicose UN ambassador are now using the same underhanded methods to instigate a conflict to depose President Assad. While the alternative media rightly showed how the mainstream press and politicos made up and manipulated stories to undermine President Trump, it should now be intellectually honest and call out the president and his UN ambassador for what they are doing in Syria.
In doing so, it may prevent the outbreak of WWIII.
‘When US simulates the bombing of N.Korea, nobody calls that a provocation’
6 Jul, 2017
© Mike Segar / Reuters
The US threatened to take action against North Korea after Pyongyang test-fired a new missile in violation of UN sanctions.
The statement came from Washington’s ambassador to the UN during a session of the Security Council.
On Wednesday, South Korean and US forces fired missiles into the Sea of Japan in what is believed to be a warning shot toward North Korea.
RT: Washington has previously threatened to take action against North Korea if it continues missile tests. Can we expect any reaction from Pyongyang on that?
Adam Garrie: North Korea is not going to be happy about this. We have to remember: North Korea launched a missile that wasn’t intended to hurt anyone, and it did not hurt anyone. And what we saw at the UN was the continuation of the spectacle in which the US and her increasingly few allies are using that international body of peace as a kind of global apartheid to justify and rubber stamp wars and sanctions, which amount to war.
I remind you of the crippling sanctions America hoisted upon Iraq in the 1990s, and what they are doing to Syria now. North Korea would be aware of this. North Korea will also be aware that in 1952 it was America and her allies which leveled Pyongyang to the ground whereby contrast North Korea has not and frankly does not intend to attack America. They are going to be watching today’s proceedings. They are going to hate the US even more than they already do. They will see Russia and China as countries which do not necessarily always agree with them, countries which are not allies to them, but countries which do not wish them and their people harm, the countries that want to engage in peace. These are countries that could end up saving North Korea from American aggression, and they will smile upon that surely.
RT: North Korea has been provoking the international community with its weapons tests for years. What is Pyongyang trying to achieve? So far, they’ve only landed themselves in hot water with more sanctions and foreign pressure.
AG: I know what you mean. America can get away with actual murder because it is big and it is rich and so can its allies. North Korea doesn’t have that luxury. In this sense, North Korea and America both like sticking a big middle finger up to the wider world, of course, China and Russia have shown that they are tired with the irresponsibility of both sides. North Korea, beyond the saber-rattling, and beyond not listening to what its well-wishers say, they do have legitimate security concerns. America committed incredible acts of violence on the Korean peninsula and of course North Korea in particular.
‘N.Korea wants to secure itself from US imperial invasion’
RT: What do you make of the fact that the US has slammed China for its trade relations with North Korea? Why is Washington telling Beijing how to do business?
Brian Becker, Answer Coalition: The US is employing arm-twisting against the People’s Republic of China. Arm-twisting that I should say in advance will not work, of course. China and DPRK trade, they are border countries. They share a border. The Trump administration has tried and failed to force China to do something that China cannot do. The DPRK is a sovereign country, no foreign troops occupy its land, unlike South Korea where tens of thousands of Americans troops occupy the southern part of Korea and have a big influence. No foreign power has a lot of influence in Pyongyang. So, the US and the Trump administration are lashing out against China…North Korea is saying to the world: “Look, if you have war exercises, so-called war games, which we do not consider to be games or funny, that simulate the destruction of our country, a country that had been destroyed by the US between 1950 and 1953, we are going to take action, including gaining new nuclear and missile technology to have a deterrent.”
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
RT: North Korea has been provoking the international community with its weapons tests for years. What’s Pyongyang trying to achieve? So far, they’ve only landed themselves in hot water with more sanctions and foreign pressure.
BB: They want a peace treaty and an end to economic sanctions. And they want to secure their country from any kind of imperial invasion, such as took place in Iraq and Libya. They are not provoking the international community; that is the spin based on Washington’s dominance in the international community at the UN. Just three weeks ago the US carried out a bomb, a nuclear bomb-dropping drill that simulated the nuclear destruction of North Korea. Nobody called that provocative. When North Korea sends off a missile test saying, ‘we are not going to be bullied – that is provocative. The narrative of North Korea’s ‘provocative activity’ in the face of US and South Korea carrying out the largest war exercises in the world, simulating the invasion and the destruction of North Korea that is never considered a provocation. That is a double standard, and we need to stop accepting the dominant narrative offered by Washington, the Pentagon and echoed by the mainstream media.
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