OPINION: U.S. Menace to the U.N. Nikki Haley
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has once again shown the world that neither she nor the United States administration are grounded in reality.
Today, Haley showed just how audacious she can really be when she vehemently criticized the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and described the commissioner’s call for an end to the current administration policy of separating immigrant children from their families as hypocritical.
“Once again, the United Nations shows its hypocrisy by calling out the United States while it ignores the reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council,” — Haley
Sorry, Haley, but the only other country committing human rights abuses on this systematic level is Israel, and you’ve already thrown your cards in with them, so….
Earlier Tuesday, the U.N. human rights office condemned the administration’s policy, which has resulted in hundreds of children as young as one year old being taken from their parents and placed in shelters.
“The US should immediately halt this practice of separating families and stop criminalizing what should at most be an administrative offense — that of irregular entry or stay in the US. We call on the US authorities to adopt non-custodial alternatives that allow children to remain with their families and fulfill the best interests of the child, their right to liberty and their right to family life.” — Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani
Haley has been a nearly constant subject of controversy since her appointment in 2016.
Almost immediately after assuming her position, Haley began using her personal Twitter account (@nikkihaley) to comment on international affairs and events, raising ethics and protocol questions as the State Department has barred U.S. diplomats from using personal social media accounts to make official statements (if only we could hold the president to that standard).
Haley also apparently engages with those who disagree with her decisions via Twitter, explaining and defending her personal and professional choices.
Most recently, the previous governor of South Carolina has repeatedly interfered with United Nations efforts to condemn the ongoing violence in Israel-Palestine and to call for an investigation into the Israeli military’s treatment of Palestinian protesters.
She even walked out of a U.N. Security Council meeting just as the Palestinian representative was about to speak.
And in March, Haley announced that the United States will cut off financial aid to those countries that vote against U.S. policies at the U.N.
It has become overwhelmingly obvious that Haley does not have global interests at heart when carrying out her duties as an ambassador to the United Nations and that she will work exclusively to advance U.S. interests, even if that means flying in the face of diplomacy, decency, and respectability.
Aside from the havoc she is wreaking within the Security Council, aside from the many deaths and injuries she has enabled in Gaza, and aside from her questionable personal conduct, the United States should remove Haley as its ambassador to the U.N. solely on the basis of the effect she has on our country’s reputation in the eyes of the rest of the world.
Either Haley begins to take her role as a United Nations ambassador seriously, or she needs to go.